Dr. Neil Caplan


Dr. Caplan's newest book, The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories has just been published. It examines the deeply held view on both sides of the issue that they are the victim in the conflict. It also investigates the role that history has played in this divisive issue.

You can read an interview with Neil about his new book from the tolerance.ca website.


Neil 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.

Read the full text of the announcement.

Neil 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.

Read the full text of this article.

Neil 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 more.

Also, Dr Caplan's review of Dennis Ross's The Missing Peace was published in the Gazette of September 11, 2004. Read the entire review.

In 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 Studies.

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.

Read the conference booklet

Neil Caplan has written seven books and many articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict
and is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on the subject.

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.


APRIL, 2002

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.

MAY 31, 2000
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 belongs.
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 them.

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).

APRIL, 2000

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

September 17, 1998

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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