Alumni Stories

Lana Dajani (F’04, G’05)

Author, My Letter to President Barack Obama

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lana Dajani

As a Georgetown student, Dajani took courses in English, government, religion, politics and Arab studies. She remembers a particularly inspiring human rights and international law class taught by professors Anthony Arend and Daniel Porterfield. Here, Dajani illustrates the process of writing her first book—from coming up with the concept in the middle of the night, to working with a fellow Hoya illustrator, to the final publication and book tours. Dajani grew up in Washington, D.C., and lives in Dubai.

Dajani, creator and author of The Ella Collection book series, is passionate about children’s education. She believes in using illustrated short stories to introduce real-world issues to children, so that they may positively engage with those issues as young adults. The first installment of the book series, My Letter to President Barack Obama, was inspired by the historic election of the United States’ first African-American president. The book discusses the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and how individuals, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.

Additional Resources

The Ella Collection (Author’s Website)

Georgetown Alumni Online
Career Spotlight

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