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Dr. Gerald Caplan

Leading Authority on Genocide & Genocide Prevention

Dr. Gerald Caplan is a leading Canadian authority on genocide and genocide prevention. An internationally recognized expert on the Rwanda genocide, and determined that “Never Again” becomes a reality rather than a slogan, Gerry speaks around the world on why genocides happen and why those with the capacity to prevent them fail to do so.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Preventing Genocide: Do We Care Enough?
Despite the earnest commitments made by the world after Hitler, genocides have become more common than ever before in the history of humankind. What does this say about human nature? Under certain circumstances, is every one of us capable of evil beyond imagination? Gerald Caplan will argue that many of the atrocities we read about each day could be prevented if only the major powers had the will to do so. Lacking the will, millions die appalling and needless deaths. He point a finger at those who could have prevented the deaths of millions but have consciously failed to act.

Canada and the World: The Reality Behind the Myth
Almost as much as Medicare, Canadians define themselves by their active humanitarian role in the world. Peacekeeping and foreign aid are the two areas which give Canadians most pride in their contribution to a better and more peaceful world. The truth is very different and very disappointing. Gerry Caplan exposes the reality and shows how successive governments have quietly undermined Canada’s role abroad.

Is Africa Doomed? Is Racism the Cause?
Africa has become “the dark continent” once again. The terrible old stereotypes of cannibals boiling missionaries alive has been replaced by terrible new stereotypes of genocides, rampant HIV/AIDS, famines, brutal tyrants, and grinding poverty. None of these are wrong, yet they tell the wrong story. A proper perspective is needed on Africa’s long and destructive relationship with the western world, going back to the  days of the slave trade.

 

  • You had your finger on the Inter Pares pulse, out of which you created a hilarious monologue (I nearly fell off my chair). Of course you then segued into an incredibly powerful and hard-hitting indictment of what happened, and crucially, didn't happen, in Rwanda, captivating and angering us all. I understand why you are dedicating so much of your life to the Remember Rwanda Project. It is crucial. When your presentation was all over, I heard many people say how moving, thought-provoking and catalysing it had been. I am sure there will be reverberations.

    - Inter Pares
  • He is a fascinating and extremely admirable man. I am amazed and impressed at how he is able to maintain such a friendly, welcoming and calm tone while passionately studying, discussing, and fighting the world's worst atrocities.

    - Professor of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College
  • You have a marvellous ability to draw people into any discussion which ensures a meaningful dialogue.

    - Ontario Association for Community Living

Summary Profile

Dr. Gerald Caplan is a leading Canadian authority on genocide and genocide prevention. An internationally recognized expert on the Rwanda genocide, and determined that Never Again becomes a reality rather than s slogan, Gerry speaks around the world on why genocides happen and why those with the capacity to prevent them fail to do so.

Dr. Gerald Caplan, who has a Ph. D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, has been involved in African issues for many years. He is a senior consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and has just completed a report for the Africa Union and UNICEF on The State of Africa’s Children.

Dr. Caplan is author of the 300-page report Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide, for the International Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Subsequently, he founded and was volunteer co-coordinator of a major international initiative called Remembering Rwanda: The Rwanda Genocide 10th Anniversary Memorial Project.

Dr. Caplan is the volunteer chair of the International Advisory Board for the University of Toronto Centre for International Health’s HIV/AIDS Initiative for Africa.