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Assistant Professor of History
La Roche College

Visiting Professor
La Roche College

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Jean-Jacques Sene, assistant professor of history, La Roche College.

The Pitt News - West Africa conflict roots examined

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Misawa, an associate professor of political science at Washington and Jefferson College, in Washington, Pa., joined Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene, a visiting professor from La Roche College, in speaking at a forum titled "Understanding The Current Conflict in West Africa" last Monday.

Before Misawa spoke, Sene, a citizen of Senegal, described the historical issues that have played a part in current social unrest and war in the region.
According to Sene, current conflicts in countries like Liberia result from a long history of invasion and exploitation of the region by foreign powers.
From the Arab Berbers of Northwest Africa, who brought Islam to the region, to the colonial European powers that exploited the resources of the region in the past few centuries, foreign powers have influence the region for the last 1,000 years, he said.
Sene used the "Dependency Theory" to describe the current economic problems in the region in the context of European colonialism.The theory states that imperialism and colonialism carried out by European powers in places like West Africa create socio-economic instability.
This instability, in turn, makes the West African colonies dependent upon the resources of their European masters.
Even after countries achieved their independence, Sene said, many did not have an economically self-sufficient structure.They instead remained in a "neo-colonial" state, subservient to foreign aid.
He compared the current turmoil in the countries that achieved independence in the decades after World War II to a mid-life crisis.
"There's a growth crisis.Like a man after forty years, many West African nations who gained their independence are now at a crossroads," Sene said.
The Cold War again placed West Africa in the role of a pawn to Western nations, according to Sene.The resulting ascendance of several anti-democratic strongmen in the region should not have come as a surprise, he added.
"West Africa became an entity where, depending on how you wanted to play your Cold War cards, you have an enemy all around you and very few friends," he said.

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh : Recent Programs

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The program with Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene has been concelled.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene, La Roche College, Visiting Professor
The program with Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene has been concelled.

Western Pennsylvania proves to be a land of opportunity for African immigrants

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For the always-smiling Jean-Jacques Sene, the world is a classroom.The La Roche College professor of African history has lived and studied in Japan, France and now Pittsburgh.

Jean-Jacques Sene, a professor from Senegal, uses a map of 15th-century Africa to teach a world history class at La Roche College. (Martha Rial, Post-Gazette)
Sene, 37, is from Dakar, Senegal.He was raised in the West African city by his secretary mom and schoolteacher dad.The family had nine children.
Sene was a graduate student in Dakar when he won a scholarship to Japan for six months.From there he went to Rennes, France, while completing his dissertation, and made a living by working on radio and running a drama program.
When he finished there, Senegal was in economic turmoil, and Sene thought he could make a greater contribution to this country and his family by working to influence policy and perceptions of African life from abroad.
He ended up at Duquesne University in 1999 to study conflict resolution and quickly gave lectures to dispel myths about Africa.
The president of La Roche saw his presentation and asked him to teach African history at the college.
Today, Sene, a chatty, vibrant man, makes his home on the South Side with his wife, Valerie, and 5-year-old daughter, Melissa.A younger brother, Pierre, 32, lives in Pittsburgh, too.
In Pittsburgh, Sene said he wants to "tap into people who are open to exploring dimensions of global problems and reach."
Although the Senes like life in America, they have no plans for petitioning for American citizenship.At times, their African values butt heads with the American way of life.
Sene grew up in a compound in Senegal that housed multiple families.The communal life nurtured togetherness and family openness.He misses that in the States.
"In African families," he said, "the home was an open place.Family and friends just dropped in. Living in the West, you have to call or schedule before you come visit."
The business student, Egypt
Hossam El-Saie, now 30, was an infant when his parents, Ahmed and Nagat, came from Cairo to America.

North Briefs:4/4/03

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Also attending will be Larry Glasco, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh; and Jean-Jacques Sene, visiting professor of history at La Roche.

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