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Jean-Jacques Sene
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Assistant professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; Global Focus coordinator

Hometown : Dakar, Senegal

Joined Chatham : 2007

Academic Areas of Interest
Mythological dimensions of political power in West Africa; political philosophy and neo-marxism in the global arena; historiography of conflict; international education.

Personal Areas of Interest
Trends in “global culture”, mythology, philosophy, social anthropology, élite vs. people’s power, political activism, basketball, soccer, bass guitar.

DR. JEAN-JACQUES SÈNE is Assistant Professor of History, Cultural, and Conflict Studies. He also coordinates the Global Focus program. In his native Senegal, he spearheaded a number of community development initiatives with the regional bureaus of UNICEF and UNESCO in the late 1980s-early 1990s. His doctoral dissertation (Université de Rennes 2 Haute Bretagne, Brittany, France, 1999) explored the patterns of survival of ancient myths and rituals in post-colonial Africa, and how they can help establish the matrix of a new social consciousness to meet the global challenges of today. He has lived and worked in Japan and the Netherlands. Dr. Sène also holds a degree in Social Anthropology (Paris XIII), and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (Duquesne University, 2001). His current research focuses on myth, religion, power, sub-regional integration programs in West Africa, the African renaissance movement, and neo-Marxist movements in the global arena. Jean-Jacques is married to a compatriot, Valerie. They are raising 2 young girls in Squirrel Hill.
MA Program in Social and Public Policy program; Certificate in Conflict Resolution, 2001
Ph.D. , Universite de Rennes II- Haute Bretagne, 1999
Post Masters program in Social Anthropology ,1997
Master’s Degree in Literatures and Civilizations of the English-speaking world, Suma cum Laude, 1990
The Ontogenesis of Free Men in the Faso, The International Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution, Blackwell (2009)
Mali: The Most Evocative Name in Occidental Africa, The International Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution, Blackwell (2009)
(seeking publisher-article) Cheikh Anta Diop:Trajectory for the Restoration of Historical Consciousness in Black Africa
(seeking publisher -article) SENEGAL: Neocolonial pathos and self-serving political class
(book-long manuscript) Mythologies of Power in West Africa
(working paper) The End of the End of History in Our Times: Naxal, Cabral, San Cristobal, and Nepal
Bother Gregory Nugent EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD (2006-2007). LaRoche College.
The West African Research Association
African Studies Association
Consultant, Refugee Resettlement Project, Mesites Foundation/Mediators Beyond Borders (since 2007)
Helped set up, help administering the Center for the Study of Conflict at CU
Coordinates the campus-wide Global Focus program (2007-present)
Who’s Who in American Higher Education, (2005).
Most-Influential Educators in Western Pennsylvania Nominee, 2005.
Special Scholar’s Visit Program, Wabash College, IN. (Fall 2004)
Access Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. (Fall 2004)
Black Achiever 2004: Black Opinion Magazine Award Recipient (Pittsburgh –PA) 2004
Pennsylvania State Delegate to the Africa Summit (2000), Washington DC,.
Libermann Scholarship for Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (1999) Duquesne University
Government of Senegal Ph.D. candidate awardee for international scholarship (1993)
Wood Badge (International Leader): World Scout Organization (1990)– Geneva, Switzerland
Youth Leader Scholarship award: National Assembly for Youth Development (1989) - Japan
Societies & Cultures concentration instructor, Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, (since 2000)
The End of the End of History in Our Times: Naxal, San Cristobal, Cabral, Nepal. University of Hyderabad, India. August 2008
Africa in Conflict: Transformation or Recovery? World Affairs Council Summer Seminar on World Affairs (Pittsburgh, PA), June 2008
The End of the End of History in West Africa, Africa Research Group, West Virginia University, April 2008
Justice for Oppressed Peoples, Global Problems Global Solutions conference, LaRoche College, October 2007
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