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Dr. Nawal El Saadawi on “Women, Dissidence and Creativity”

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian physician, human rights activist and feminist author, will be speaking on “Women, Dissidence, and Creativity” in the H-wing auditorium of Ramapo College on March 21 from 2-3 p.m.

Dr. El Saadawi, most recently in the news for her role in the recent Tahrir Square protests, became a medical doctor at Cairo University in 1955 and received a master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in New York in 1966.

She will speak about the role of women in the recent uprising and how they have used creative endeavors to challenge political power. Students from classes in the Social Sciences and Human Services and Contemporary Arts units are preparing questions to pose to Dr. El Saadawi about her activism for the question and answer session.

Dr. El Saadawi has ceaselessly challenged the Egyptian government as well as religious authorities in her writing and work for the improvement in the lives of women. She has been imprisoned tried several times.

Dr. El Saadawi is the author of the renowned works, “Woman at Point Zero,” “God Dies by the Nile,” and “Memoirs in a Women’s Prison,” among many other writings that have challenged political and patriarchal powers. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Mexico University, Flemish University, University of Saint Andrew-Scotland, University of Illinois, University of Tromso and University of York, and has been a distinguished visiting professor at more than several institutions of higher learning. She has also received numerous literary awards, including the Pan-African Writers’ Association Literary Award, International Writer of the Year Cambridge England, and One of the Great Minds of the 21st Century Award by the International Biographical Institute of North Carolina.

The program has been funded with support from The American Federation of Teachers, The Schomburg Scholar program, Ramapo College Platinum Fund, Ramapo College History Club, Ramapo College Diversity Action Committee, and the Deans of American and International Studies, Contemporary Arts, and Social Sciences and Human Services.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor of Sociology Erin Augis at (201) 684-6849 or at


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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