A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Dejan Jovanovic

Jewelry artist, Dejan Jovanovic was born in Serbia and has been established in Washington, DC since 2002. He graduated in applied sculpture from Belgrade University of the Arts, received his MFA in metal design from ECU School of Art and Design and has won numerous international awards and prizes.

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He is inspired by exploration of archaic, particularly medieval, metal-smithing forms and techniques which he revives with a modern sensibility. He explores the possibilities for color, texture, surface finishes and connections in his pieces. The desire to explore the varied ways in which traditional jewelry design can be extended and the transitions from traditional perceptions of jewelry towards new artistic expressions is at the heart of all of Dejan's work. His training as a monumental sculptor translates to his work in smaller forms where he captures fluid sculptural movement informed by organic elements and rugged texture and explores the possibilities of combining negative spaces, abstract forms and lines and balanced proportions in his dynamic compositions.

Dejan has exhibited his work in the US and Europe. He has worked for fabrication and metal-smithing projects for the White House, Smithsonian Institution, Blair House and the Washington National Cathedral and has also worked for Tiffany & Co.

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Luka Erceg

Luka Erceg, JD, LLM, MBA, CIRA
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Luka Erceg is a Canadian-born, American entrepreneur who has focused on sustainable/clean tech ventures. He holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Bachelor of Marketing (B.Com.). He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (C.T.P) through the Turnaround Management Association (T.M.A.), a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (C.I.R.A.) through the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (A.I.R.A.) and holds the Series 65 license from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).

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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."