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

Andrej Grubačić

Andrej Grubačić is a visionary intellectual, professor, activist and fellow traveler of Zapatista-inspired direct action movements. Currently, Grubačić serves as professor and Chair of the Anthropology and Social Change Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He started his academic career as a historian of 16th century world at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, for reasons that were both political and intellectual, he left the country, and reinvented himself as a radical historian and sociologist.

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At the Fernand Braudel Center at the SUNY Binghamton he initiated a research project on utopistics: a study of possible alternatives to the capitalist world-system. His interest in world systems analysis and anarchist theory influences his research perspective that includes experiences of self-organization, solidarity, voluntary association, and mutual aid on the world-scale. His other research interests include history of the Balkans and activist ethnography. His most recent book is Don't Mourn, Balkanize: Essays After Yugoslavia (2010). He teamed up with the legendary activist and historian Staughton Lynd to write the book Wobblies and Zapatistas, which has been internationally praised. Shortly after that, he went on to edit The Staughton Lynd Reader and offer a new programmatic proposal for the "libertarian socialism for the 21st century," inspired by Lynd's work.

Grubačić is also a contributor to Capital and Its Discontents and numerous other publications. He is one of the founding members of the Global Balkans network, the Yugoslav Initiative for Economic Democracy, Z-Balkans, and a program director of the Global Commons. His expertise in social movements and global political affairs is praised as original, impressive, and captivating. Grubačić is associated with Retort, a group of independent writers, artists, artisans, and teachers based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Đorđe Nikolić

Đorđe Nikolić (1949) je osnivač (1974) i član Upravnog odbora poznatog Čikaškog centra za poeziju u kome svakog meseca već 33 godine pod okriljem jednog od najvećih muzeja na svetu, čikaškog Art instituta, nastupaju najveći američki i svetski pisci, čime je uveo u redovan repertoar i srpsku ćirilicu i srpske književnike koji gostuju u programu.

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Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.

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