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

Maja Herman - Sekulić

Maya Herman (Maja Herman - Sekulic) is a well-known Yugoslav writer and internationally published author, translator, editor and journalist.

In 2000, she finished her first novel Kralj svile , (published in Serbian by Narodna knjiga, Mega hit ed., Belgrade), which immediately became a bestseller. It was nominated in 2001 for an award as the best novel of the year (“Zensko pero”, Bazar, Belgrade), and in 2002 it appeared in the 2nd print with a new cover. In Search of The Silk King is the new, expanded English version of the story.

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Miki Knezevic

Miki Knezevic is a writer and lives in Madison, WI. She is a professional author who writes both fiction and non-fiction: articles, short stories, textbooks, a novel. She recently published her first novel, Behind God's Back, which is now available on Amazon.com.

Combining studies in English, teaching and writing, she joined a college colleague, Brenda Wegmann, to write textbooks in English as a Second Language (ESL). They have been writing ESL textbooks for over 25 years for Random House and McGraw-Hill. Their series, Interactions/Mosaic, has been successful and sells worldwide. Miki and Brenda do the reading books in the Mosaic series. She also has taken courses in Journalism and fiction writing. Miki Knezevic has written articles for Parade magazine, The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine and Serb World.

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Vladimir Pištalo

Vladimir Pištalo (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Пиштало) (born 1960 in Sarajevo) is a Serbian writer, most notably winning the 2008 NIN Prize for the year's best novel - Tesla, Portrait among Masks.

Vladimir Pištalo graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and earned his doctorate at the University of New Hampshire under the theme of the identity of numerous Serbian immigrants. He now works at Becker College in Brewster, Massachusetts where he teaches World and US history.

Илија Шаула

Илија Шаула (Карловац, 4. децембар 1963) је српски књижевник, оснивач и председник Књижевне радионице „Кордун”. Пише поезију и прозу, које су до сада преведене на италијански, енглески, шпански, пољски и албански језик.

Детињство је провео на Кордуну, у селу Дуги Дол, основно образовање стекао у Крњаку, а средње у Карловцу. Са огњишта га је 1995. године отерала „Олуја”, те данас живи у граду Вест Честер, држава Пенсилванија, САД. Поезију је почео да пише као средњошколац, а неговао кроз чланство у карловачком Књижевном клубу „25 октобар” скоро од оснивања. Захваљујући клупским активностима, наступао је на песничким сусретима широм Југославије. Његов таленат запазиле су песничке величине оног доба, попут Десанке Максимовић, Танасија Младеновића, Весне Перун и Ђакома Скотија. Скоти му је чак помогао да уреди своју прву збирку „На згаришту самоће” 1989. Марта 1990. је био део оснивачке скупштине и потом члан главног одбора СКД „Сава Мркаљ" у Топуском.

Biljana D. Obradović and John Gery

Biljana D. Obradović, a Serbian-American poet, translator, and critic has lived in Greece, India, and the United States. She is associate professor of english at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans.

She has two collections of poems, Frozen Embraces and Le Riche Monde. Her poems also appear in Three Poets in New Orleans and in anthologies and magazines, such as Like Thunder: Poets Respond in Violence in America, Key West: A Collection, Poetry East, Bloomsbury Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Plum Review.

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Milos Rastovic

Milos Rastovic was born in Sombor, Serbia where he finished elementary and Gymnasium. His father, Ilija Rastovic, was a Professor in Gymnasium high school and poet who published eight books of poetry. Zivka Rastovic, his mother, worked in the insurance business. Rastovic earned a Bachelor Degree at the University of Belgrade, Department of Philosophy, with a work: “Eternal Recurrence of the Same in Nietzsche’s Philosophy.” After graduation, he was a Professor of Philosophy for eight years in high schools in Sombor. While teaching, he created thefirst philosophy website of its kind in Serbia to make philosophy more interesting and approachable for students. He earned his Masters Degree in Philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. He is a member of many professional societies in philosophy and political sciences and Slavic studies. He has presented papers at numerousacademic conferences and publishedarticles and reviews of books in the United States, Canada, and many European countries.

Jelena Rosich

Jelena Rosich (November 3, 1969 Kikinda, Serbia) is a writer of short stories. She graduated from the University of Novi Sad in English Language and Literature in 1992, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1998.

Her first book of short stories "Dalilin prsten" was published in 1993 (Matica Srpska, Novi Sad) and her second book of stories "Dan kada je Miz Lili postala ono sto je oduvek bila" (Arhipelag, Beograd 2012) won the award "Stevan Sremac" for the book of the year in Serbian language.

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Svetlana Meritt

Svetlana Meritt is a modern-day pilgrim. Twelve years ago, she left her career as a journalist, and with her late husband and mentor, Dwight Johnson, embarked on a journey of self-discovery through the continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

During her career as an American correspondent for a high-profile Serbian magazine – Illustrated Politics – Svetlana interviewed the Dalai Lama, Lawrence Eagleburger, Jon Voight, Laura Huxley, Yoko Ono, and Allan Ginsberg. On assignment to cover the Academy Awards, she interviewed Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, and Giorgio Armani. She also wrote extensively about American life and society, and frequently published travel articles. She was the recipient of the Talented Young Journalist award in her native Belgrade. Svetlana has written one novel in English, Legacy of the Future (2002).

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Danilo Mandić

Danilo Mandić is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. Mandić was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia and received his BA from Princeton.

Research Interests: Comparative historical sociology; nationalism; post-Communist transitions; Balkan history; US foreign policy and social theory.

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0