Dr. Brian Endless to become program director for Black World Studies
CAS welcomes Dr. Brian Endless, faculty member in the Department of Political Science, as the next program director for the interdisciplinary program Black World Studies, starting July 1. Dr. Endless’s teaching and research interests focus on the United Nations and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This includes a broad range of international peace, security, and humanitarian issues, as well as international development. He has specialized in the UN Security Council, in particular actions toward Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, and across the Middle East. He teaches classes on International Law, Politics of Genocide, Politics of International Health, and International Political Economy, among others. His current focus is primarily on politics and conflict in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Endless is the founder and Executive Director of American Model United Nations International, based in Chicago. In addition, he serves as the Senior Advisor to the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation. He is a frequent commentator on Rwanda and the Congo both in public speeches, and on National Public Radio. Most recently, he has served as an expert witness for the defense on the Rwandan genocide and current politics in Rwanda in two federal cases in the United States, along with one case in Canadian federal court.
We also want to thank Dr. Gerald Steenken for his leadership (2008-2013) of the Black World Studies program. As interim director, Dr. Steenken made significant changes in the major and minor, which expanded the number of courses offered across the CAS curriculum. Dr. Steenken’s commitment to Jesuit values and transformative education helped to broaden the appeal of the program to a wider range of Loyola students.