audienceIslamThe Center sponsors international colloquia, research programs, and round tables on published research, lectures and workshops by visiting and local scholars and writers. WARC has administered an annual short-term research fellowship competition for scholars from West Africa to travel to U.S. host universities, assisted US-based scholars conducting research in Senegal and West Africa, sponsored internships for graduate students, and served as the host institution for individual and group projects of US-based students and Faculties. Below is a sampling of recent WARC activity.

A Woman in a Man’s World:
Ndeye Ndiaye Tyson, Wrestling Promoter, “Lion” of the Neighborhoods, and Champion of Gender Parity

On Saturday February 5, WARC held a trail blazing public lecture featuring as speaker the premier promoter of traditional wrestling in Senegal, Mme. Ndeye Ndiaye “Tyson”. An unusual position for a woman, Mme. Tyson has achieved de facto gender parity in a field reserved for men. (read more…)

Library of Congress West Africa Acquisitions Project:
Training Seminar for Country Coordinators

From February 1st through 3rd, the West African Research Center hosted a training workshop for the coordinators from ten West African nations in charge of implementing the US Library of Congress West Africa Acquisitions Project (read more…)

Book Signing at WARC
Un Viatique pour l’Eternite: Hommage a Ousmane Sembene
(editions Papyrus Africain 2010)

On Thursday, January 27, WARC hosted a panel discussion on the recently published collection of essays on the late Senegalese filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene, best known as ‘the father of African Cinema.” (read more…)

Other highlights of the current academic year
(October 2010-September 2011):

Senegalese Alumni Association donates clothes to flood victim population of Gounass (January 2011)

WARC Researchers’ Mini Seminars: “Journal/Petit Plongeon dans le Fleuve de l’Errance

Opening Ceremony for Session II of the WARA/WARC Peace Journalism Institute-October 1, 2010 (Dakar, Senegal)

Session 2 de l’Institut de Journalisme de la WARA/WARC Peace Initiative in West Africa

Past highlights

Le Centre de Recherche Ouest Africain (WARC/CROA)

Black History Month Film Program (February 2010)

Friday February 5, 2010 – Prince Among Slaves

Friday, February 12 2010 – The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Parts III and IV)
Friday, February 19 2010 – Faubourg Theme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Friday February 26 2010 - Zora Neale Hurston

For synopses of the films, please click here.

WARA/WARC – Black History Month “African American Lives”

As part of the celebration of the Black History Month, the West African Research Center (WARC) teamed up with the Cultural Section of the US Embassy in Dakar to present the first part of the film series “African American Lives.

WARC Hosts CAORC Directors’ Workshop in Dakar, Senegal:

The 2009 meeting of overseas and US Directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) was held on January 4-5, 2009 in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. The venues for the meeting were the new campus of University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD II) and the West African Research Centerr (WARC).

Grands Conférences du WARC:

Senghor et les Ecrivains Sénégalais: Dialogue d’Outre-Tombe:

Vendredis cinematographiques du WARC:

This spring, the West African Research Center (WARC) teamed up with Fulbright Professor Francoise Pfaff of Howard University, noted scholar of African cinema, to organize a series of film screenings. The series features classic African American and African films and will continue this fall.

CREPOS Seminars:

The Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales, headed up by renowned sociologist Momar Coumba Diop, organizes regular seminars at WARC on research methodologies. These seminars are for doctoral students.


These seminars, initiated in 2006, designed for the benefit of visiting researchers in order that they may get feedback from established scholars in their fields, are organized by AROA Board members Awa Ba and Ibrahima Seck.

2007 Mini-Seminars

The first 2007 Mini-Seminar was on ‘Decentralization in Senegal “, presented by Djibril Gabriel DIOP in January.

2006 Mini-Seminars

WARC Travel Grantee, Youssoufa Issiaka, Universite Abdou Moumouni, Niger, presented the first in WARC’s program of Mini Seminars in January. Rachel Sullivan, awardee and PhD candidate from the University of California, Berkeley, presented in March. Peter Apata Olubambi was the third and final grantee to presnt in March.