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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John Miljan

John Miljan (Serbian: Јован Миљановић; November 9, 1892 – January 24, 1960) was an American actor of Serbian origin. He appeared in 201 films between 1924 and 1958. He was the tall, smooth-talking villain in Hollywood films for almost four decades, beginning in 1923. He made his first talking debut in 1927 in the promotional trailer for The Jazz Musician inviting audiences to see the upcoming landmark film. In later years he played imposing, authoritative parts such as high-ranking executives and military officers. He is best remembered as General Custer in Cecil B. De Mille's epic The Plainsman.

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The Presence of Transcendence

Essays on Facing the Other through Holiness, History and Text

by Bogoljub Sijakovic

The essays collected in this book venture into various domains of philosophy, such as ontology and epistemology, anthropology and ethics, philosophy of history and history of philosophy, philosophy of religion and theory of the mystical, poetics and hermeneutics. The problems here thematized, which are brought to us primarily by the tradition of Hellenism and Christianity as well as life itself, are both traditional and contemporary: self-knowledge and knowledge of God, transcendence and paradoxy, theodicy and anthropodicy, sacrifice, violence, holiness, responsibility, decision-making, evil, guilt, repentance, forgiveness, memory, as well as: wisdom, suffering, good, the other, freedom, fate, history, the Balkans, war, rationality, and also: reading, dialogue, poetry, metaphysic of light.