• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Waseem Kasim l 3/31/2022

Waseem Kasim shares about his dreams growing up in rural Ghana and how the loss of his father shifted how his dreams became reality. His endurance and hope to continue through university brought him to teaching and the positions he finds himself in today. Waseem shares, "Humanity and the places they inhabit are so different and that is the beauty of humanity and places. I dreamed of experiencing it all. I became convinced that is is what I wanted all along."

Waseem Kasim (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2019) approaches African History in a variety of ways. His first entry into the field was through the study of Islam and Muslim societies in West Africa when he was pursuing Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees at the University of Ghana from 2003 to 2010. Currently, he focuses on sanitation and cities, but he has also extended his knowledge of Islam and Muslim societies by grappling with topical themes, like law and revolution and the Arab Spring, which shaped Africa and the Middle East. While he has deep research expertise on both Ghana and Kenya, he is also equipped to write and teach about Africa, both north and south of the Sahara, as a diverse continent with important historical connections to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean worlds. His research introduced him to innovative ways of engaging a challenging mix of primary and secondary sources.


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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