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.
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Katarina Miljković

Composer Katarina Miljkovic investigates interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot's essay The Fractal Geometry of Nature and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, “…a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown, entirely captivating (Signal to Noise). Her generative music has been described as a refined, hypnotic dream (Danas) a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors (Radio Belgrade), "ambient tone poem... that moved hypnotically through the sonic frame" (Lucid Culture).

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In collaboration with Wolfram Research, Miljkovic has been working on sound mapping of the elementary rules from Stephen Wolfram's New Kind of Science. She presented her exploration in this new field at NKS conferences in Waltham, MA, 2004, Washington, D.C., 2006, University of Vermont, 2007, Wolfram Technology Conference, Champaign, IL, 2005, The Musical and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis, 2006, Toronto, Cambridge Science Festival, 2009-2010, Boston Cyber Festival, 2007-20011, the International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, 2007, Berlin, and Empirics, Computation, Mathematics, Science and Technology in Music and Acoustical Signal Analysis (ECMST ~ MASA), 2010, Berlin, Electronic Music Midwest, Chicago, IL, 2010, First Night, Boston, 2011.

Katarina Miljkovic's works have been performed at major music festivals in her native Yugoslavia, including the Belgrade Music Festivities, BEMUS, Music Biennale and World Festival of Chamber Music in Zagreb, the Rostrum of Yugoslav Music and, at the international festivals in Budapest, Romanische Sommer, Cologne and soundAxis, Toronto. Her Rondo, Sequence for String Orchestra was performed internationally by Belgrade String Orchestra in China, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia, and Great Britain, at venues such as the Beijing Concert Hall, the Moscow Conservatory Big Concert Hall and the Bulgaria Symphony Hall. Miljkovic's work Swifts, for Symphonic Orchestra was performed by the Belgrade Radio Orchestra, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted internationally. Her recent collaborative projects include works with Theater Dah from Belgrade, director Vlada Petric, Harvard University, Milan Popovic, video artist, Belgrade, choreographers Dawn Kramer and Stephen Buck, Boston, composer/performer Ko Ishikawa, Japan and percussionist, Peter Negroponte, NYC.

Miljkovic moved to Boston in 1992. She is faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1996 and the recipient of the Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser award for excellence in teaching.

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Zaviša Janjić

Zavisa I. Janjic is a leading scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2007, Dr. Janjic was awarded the Francis W. Reichelderfer Award from the American Meteorological Society for his outstanding contributions to developments and implementation of the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center's regional weather prediction models (Eta and NMM). The numerical and parameterization schemes he developed ideally combine theoretical and technical solutions, as well as balance between elegance and practicality.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.