From the New IAS Director
By Michael Caplan
It is with great honor that I have been elected the new general director of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. I have admired the IAS's work for some time and I am very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the project. I firmly believe that the IAS is an invaluable resource for the global anarchist community.
I come to the IAS with a background in community activism and organizational management. As an activist, I co-founded the Montréal Food not Bombs chapter, which brought the battle against the exclusion of homeless people from public spaces in Montréal to a new level. Within the realm of organizational management, I was a co-ordinator of a student activist organization, the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia University and a collective member of the 29-year-old self-managed anar-chist bookstore Librairie Alternative. Presently, I hold a part time position as the Media Coordinator for Vermont’s Institute for Social Ecology.
I hope that my fulfillment of the IAS directorship, along with our board of directors, will provide the IAS with the energy it needs not only to sustain itself but also develop to new heights. I look forward to building new relationships with IAS supporters and allies, as it is you who make this organization viable and worth-while. I welcome any comments from you on what you believe my priorities as the new director should be.
I’m looking forward to a vibrant year!
~ Michael Caplan
Perspectives on Anarchist Theory - Vol. 7, No. 1 - Spring 2003