Middle East Studies

Rana Dajani – Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible—If We Can Reverse Cell Fate, Why Can’t We Redefine Success for Women?


Monday, March 12, 2018

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

Rana Dajani is an authority on the genetics of the Circassian and Chechen populations in Jordan, with a focus on diabetes, cancer, and stem cells. At Radcliffe, Dajani is writing a book that documents the challenges that women face in academia; how that varies across cultures, religions, and disciplines; and how women have dealt with these challenges in different ways.

Dr. Dajani is on the Arabian Business list “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.” In 2017, she was among seven Fulbright alumni to receive the inaugural IIE Global Changemaker Award. Dr. Dajani is the founder and director of the nongovernmental organization ‘We Love Reading,’ for which she has earned the Library of Congress Literacy Award Best Practices, a Stars Impact Award, the Synergos Arab World Social Innovator award, a WISE Award, and recognition from IDEO.org. She is a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow and a member of Jordan’s Order of Al Hussein for Distinguished Contributions of the Second Class.

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