Dr. Jean-Jacques Sène is Associate 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 has made significant achievements in the management of innovative educational programs and has expertise in leadership-oriented projects among the youth in multicultural environments. He maintains extensive professional linkages throughout African, American, Asian, and European academic communities. Jean-Jacques is married to a compatriot, Valérie. They are raising two girls in Squirrel Hill and worship at Saint Bede Church.