Join WWU Visiting Scholar Dr. Alassane Abdoulaye Dia & English Department Chair Dr. Kelly Magee as they discuss Dia's book, The Power of Peace and Love!
Tickets are free to WWU students!
Moderator: Dr. Kelly Magee, Chair of the Department of English at WWU
The Power of Peace and Love: An African Tale of Wisdom is profoundly rooted in African folklore and unfolds in the form of a tale that recounts a fabulous story of a couple whose love came out of a historical shock. Its fictional setting, The Mbulo Province, was ruined by leadership crisis and conflict, which led to a tragedy mainly caused by revenge, ethnic cleansing, xenophobia and ethnocentric ideals. No matter these hard moments, Nguendi and Mbugui the protagonists kept their heads above water and became great legends who significantly changed the lives of their people.
Written in a sober style craftily imbued with traditional imagery and folkoric flavor, this transformational story recaptures readers' attention on poignant issues that have hit the African continent and the world in general.
About Dr. Alassane Abdoulaye Dia, Ph. D. in English and comparative literature
Dr. Alassane Abdoulaye Dia is a faculty (Assistant Professor of English at the Université Numérique Cheikh Hamidou KANE(ex-UVS), Senegal, and is currently a Visiting Scholar, Faculty at Western Washington University, USA for the 2023 Fall Quarter and he teaches African American literature and Writing about literature. He holds an MA degree in literatures and civilizations of the English-speaking world, a Master's degree in the same specialty, and a Ph.D. in Anglophone and comparative literature. Dr. DIA has over 12 years of experience of teaching English at university and is certified by the American English E-Teacher Program of the US Department of State and Northern Arizona University, USA. He also holds a certificate of E-Teacher Trainer and Education Technologies, a certificate in English academic writing from the University of California Berkeley, USA. He was an exchange student and Tutor at Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea in 2011, then a Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI, an initiative of former US President Barack Obama and the US State Department) in 2014. Dr. Dia was also the recipient of the American English E-Teacher Fellowship in 2016, then the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship in Austria in 2017. He is part of the first cohort of English teachers certified by Online Professional English Network (OPEN) of the Department of State in 2021. Dr. Dia holds two international Digital Badges in Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing and in Community Interest Lead. In the 2022 Fall semester, he was visiting professor at the University of Salzburg Paris Lodron, Austria. As part of his academic and professional activities, he is the author of three books (literary criticism and short fiction), in addition to a dozen of articles in his specialty. He is Honorable Editor-in-Chief and Editorial board member of the International Journal of Humanities, Social Science, and Education (IJHSSE), Member of TESOL International, and active member of International Leadership Association (ILA). In the field of administration and leadership, Dr. Dia holds a Certificate in Public Administration from HOWARD University, USA. He is currently Head of the Department of English of Université Numérique Cheikh Hamidou KANE (UN-CHK) and Bachelor program Manager. Dr. Dia is also a member of the Pole of Innovation and Expertise for Development (PIED) where he is in charge of projects. Dr Dia is short term scholar (Exchange visitor) for the 2023 Fall Quarter at Western Washington University, USA where he shares his expertise and teaches in the Department of English.