was named Vanier College's second ever recipient of the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) award. As the name suggests, this award recognizes work deemed to be both exemplary as well as extraordinary in terms of contributions to the Vanier community. The announcement was made in a Press Release issued by the College on October 15, 2008.
the full text of the announcement.
recently had a review of two books on the Israel-Palestinian conflict published in the Montreal Gazette of December 10, 2005. He reviewed
"INHERITING THE HOLY LAND: AN AMERICAN'S SEARCH FOR HOPE
IN THE MIDDLE EAST" by Jennifer Miller and "THE CASE
FOR PEACE: HOW THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT CAN BE RESOLVED"
by Alan Dershowitz.
the full text of this article.
Caplan was recently awarded the Zipper Education Award 2004 by the J.I. Segal Committee of the Jewish Public Library. The
prize honours outstanding contributions in the field of Jewish
formal or informal education. Read
Dr Caplan's review of Dennis Ross's The Missing Peace was
published in the Gazette of
September 11, 2004. Read the entire
June 2004, he was invited to participate in an international conference
of experts on "Britain and the Middle East" organized
in Jerusalem by the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the
Advancement of Peace and the Abba Eban Center for Israeli Diplomacy.
While in Jerusalem, he also attended the annual meeting of the Association for Israel
Neil Caplan continues to participate in a study group organized by the World Peace Foundation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The topic is Israeli and Palestinian myths and narratives. Last winter he attended a conference that resulted in the publication of a booklet (available at the link below), while a further session in October will lay the groundwork for the publication of a book tentatively titled: History's Double Helix: The Intertwined Narratives of Israel/Palestine.
the conference booklet
Caplan has written seven books and many articles on the Arab-Israeli
and is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on
Neil is seen here (at left) on a terrace of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem standing next to
Prof. Myron Aronoff of Rutgers University, a founder and former president of the Association.
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Vanier College Humanities
Department Coordinator Dr. Neil Caplan interviewed Charles
Enderlin, author of "Shattered Dreams: The Failure of
the Peace process in the Middle East, 1995-2002" on the
eve of his speaking tour which took him to Washington DC,
New York and Montreal. The complete article is currently available
online at the tolerance.ca
website. Other articles by Dr. Caplan from this website can be found here.
FAC honours Vanier's Annual Holocaust Symposium
Vanier College's Annual
Holocaust Symposium received the FAC Prize for Contribution to
College Life on May 31, 2000.
FAC is the Fédération
autonome du collégial, a federation of Québec Cégep
teachers unions, to which the Vanier College Teachers Association
The Annual Holocaust Symposium, coordinated by Humanities teacher
Neil Caplan, is a diverse series of events and displays, presented
to provide Cégep students with historical background and
to enhance awareness about the dangers of racism.
By focusing on the
ultimate example of power in the service of evil, the Symposium
offers students testimony of authentic "witnesses to horror"
and thought-provoking presentations on important and troubling
topics of universal concern not usually covered systematically
or in detail in the regular school curriculum. Students are equipped
with knowledge, sensitivity and tools of analysis and reflection
that may assist them in coping with social, interpersonal and
political problems in the often confusing and daunting world around
The Annual Holocaust
Symposium developed out of a local Vanier College experience.
Ville Saint-Laurent Holocaust survivor, Peter Kleinmann, who sadly
passed away on February 8, 2000, spoke out about his personal
Holocaust experiences for the first time as a guest speaker in
Neil Caplan's Humanities classes in 1988. In the following years
he became an active supporter of the Symposium project to commemorate
the Holocaust in a way that would educate as many Cégep
students as possible about the universal ethical questions and
dilemmas raised by this horrific genocide.
The money received
from the FAC award will be applied to the cost of a Vanier College
student bus-trip to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Washington DC next year (2000-2001).
Dr. Caplan was also featured
in a Montreal Gazette article by staff reporter Peggy Curran form
April 2000. In the article, Ms. Curran detailed both his and Vanier
College's leading role in continuing the tradition of presenting
annual Holocaust Memorials.
Read the entire story
NEIL CAPLAN FEATURED IN CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS ARTICLE
Dr. Caplan was also
honoured by having an article about him published in The Canadian
Jewish News of September 17, 1998. The full text of the article
follows, with a few editorial additions added in parenthesis (as
requested by Dr. Caplan). The article is reprinted with the kind
permission of The Canadian Jewish News. Read the article.
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