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

Nikola Moravčević

Nikola Moravčević (Cyrillic: Никола Моравчевић) is a University Professor, Critic and academic writer. He was born in Zagreb, (Yugoslavia) in a family of Serbian officer of Yugoslav Royal Army on December 10, 1935.

After he completed undergraduate studies at the Academy for Theatre Arts at the University of Belgrade in 1955, he moved to the United States. After three years of service in the U.S. Army, he continued his Graduate studies, obtaining a magisterial degree in Theatrical Directing from the School of Theatre Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961, and in 1964 a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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He subsequently taught at Stevens College in Missouri as an Assistant professor (1964–66) and at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Assistant professor (1966–68), an Associate professor (1968–71) and full Professor (1971–2002). At UIC he also held several administrative positions. In 1968, he founded the Slavic Department and served as its Head for thirteen years (until 1981). From 1981 to 1988, he served as the University's Vice-Chancellor and Director of campus development.

His scholarly work includes over two hundred essays and critical reviews in the spheres of Russian, French and Serbian Literatures, published in various collections of essays, several leading encyclopedias and a wide array of scholarly journals in the United States and Canada. The periodicals which have most of his scholarly contributions are: Comparative Literature, Slavic and East European Journal, Drama Critique, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Drama Survey, Comparative Drama, Russian Literature, L'Europe du Sud-Est, Comparative Literature Studies, Russian Language Journal, Bucknell Review, The New Review, Journal of Baltic Studies, Books Abroad-World Literature Today, The South Slav Journal, Serbian Studies and Slavic Review.

His first notable creative literary endeavor is a historical novel Albion, Albion, published in Belgrade, Serbia, in the fall of 1994. This work was chosen as one of the ten best novels written in Serbian language during that year, and remained on the list of national best-sellers throughout 1995. Moravčević also received, in the summer of 1998, the Rastko Petrović Literary Award for the best Serbian novel written in Diaspora. The novel was reprinted in 1998 by the publishing house S. Masic, and in 2006 by Stubovi kulture. In 2009 publishing house "Arhipelag" from Belgrade published the English version of this novel.

Dr. Moravcevic is a member of several American and international scholarly associations and an honorary Doctor of Letters at the Wrocław University in Poland (1980). From 1980 to 1994, he served as the Chief Editor of the only scholarly journal in America dedicated to the Serbian culture, Serbian Studies. Since 1990, professor Moravcevich has been a member of the Crown Council of the Serbian Crown Prince Aleksandar Karađorđevic and is a bearer of the Serbian decoration of White Eagle with the great cross (first degree).

Dr. Moravcevic is married to Dr. Jelena Bankovic and they live in Chicago.

Bibliography

  • In 2003, the publishing house Prosveta in Belgrade, Serbia, published his second historical novel, Light of The West – Lux Occidentalis.
  • In 2005, the publishing house Stubovi kulture in Belgrade, Serbia, published in English his Selected Essays on Serbian and Russian Literatures and History.
  • In 2007, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his third historical novel, Knight in the Time of Evil.
  • In 2008, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his fourth historical novel in English, A Brandenburg Concerto.
  • In 2009, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published a Serbian translation of his historical novel in English "A Brandenburg Concerto".
  • In 2009, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his fifth historical novel "A Time of Resurrection".
  • In 2010, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his sixth historical novel "Trusting Vienna".
  • In 2011, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his seventh historical novel "The Last Despot".

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Gordana Vunjak-Novaković

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is a Serbian American engineer and currently a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University. She is the director of Columbia's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Vunjak-Novakovic is a highly cited researcher, having published 235 engineering papers, two books, 45 book chapters, and 34 patents. She had also given over 150 lectures across the world. Vunjak-Novakovic is an advisor to the federal government on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, serving as chair of NIH's tissue engineering section. Vunjak-Novakovic's areas of research include tissue engineering, bioreactors, biophysical regulation, tissue development, and stem cell research.

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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."