Waseem bin Kasim selected for Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Kasim, an assistant professor of history, will join a select program for academics from the U.S. and around the world to enhance their knowledge of Israel studies.

Waseem bin Kasim, assistant professor of historyElon Assistant Professor of History Waseem bin Kasim has been selected to join the 2023 Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

At SIIS, faculty from around the world enjoy a two-week residency at Brandeis where they participate in seminars taught by distinguished Israel studies scholars and develop syllabi for courses they will teach upon returning to their home institutions.

“I envision proposing an interdisciplinary urban studies program with a global focus at Elon University. At the moment, Elon has no program like that,” Kasim said. “Latching onto Elon’s global and undergraduate research stamp would position me on solid ground to set the program in motion with foundational courses and student research on comparative urbanisms with Africa and Middle East cities as the initial focus. The SIIS program will put me in a great place to complete and introduce a proposal for this new program.”

In addition to the residency, participants will undertake a 10-day tour of Israel, featuring meetings with Jewish and Arab intellectuals, politicians and community leaders as well as visits to select historical and cultural sites in multiple locations throughout the country.

For more information about the institute, visit the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies website.