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

Serbian Institute

The Serbian Institute is a Washington based think tank, a public policy research institution whose mission is to educate the public and communicate information through multimedia aimed at promoting a better understanding of Balkan issues, and to broaden the parameters of public policy debate based on principles of equality and objectivity. SI relies on private financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations for its work.

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Serbian Institute Position Statement

- May 10, 2013 -

We believe in strengthening, defending and promoting Serbian and democratic values, principles and interests through nonviolent political and social dialogue and activism. We support fair and equal treatment of all Serbian people, which cannot be attained without ample representation of Serbian views to the public, academic institutions, media and governing institutions that guide US foreign policy. We believe that the Serbian population throughout the world, of which the Serbian Institute is a part, should play a major role in promoting the future prosperity and progress of the Serbian people in the Balkans. We believe that the future prosperity and cultural identity of the Serbian people will be attained by developing a more effective, unified, consistent and powerful international voice in conveying their legal, territorial and historic rights.

The Serbian people have sacrificed their lives for centuries for liberty and to defend their rights and attain equality. But today, much more can be achieved through effective communications, strategic planning, political action and constructive diplomacy. The Serbian Institute aims to become an effective voice in explaining Serbian views to key audiences including governments, scholarly institutions, international business communities and the media. The Serbian Institute supports policies and solutions that best represent the interests of the Serbian people wherever they may live, including values and principles stated as follows, independent of (but hopefully in congruence with) positions of current or future political leadership in Serbia and Republika Srpska.

General Principles

Democracy: We support the strengthening of all democratic institutions in Serbia and wherever Serbian people live in the Balkans, and support the democratic development, rule of law and equality in all territories of the Balkans.

Cultural Identity: The Serbian language and alphabet as well as the overall Serbian cultural identity must be preserved and nurtured among all Serbian communities in the Balkans and internationally.

Territorial Integrity: We support the territorial integrity of Serbia within its present borders which includes Kosovo, Vojvodina and all other constituent parts and the right and obligation of Serbia, as every other state, to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and its citizens.

Anti-corruption: We support all legal actions aimed at eliminating corruption and illegal, unfair business practices everywhere in the Balkans.

Return of Refugees: We support the right of return for all refugees to their homes, their right to decide where they wish to live, and to legal and equal treatment of their right to private property.


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John Alexander Vidović

John Vidovic is a young musician and composer whose talents, work with students, and presence in various musical circles have already created a significant community impact. Mr. Vidovic specializes in classical guitar, music theory and composition. He has been playing guitar for 13 years and has accumulated 11 years of experience as a self-taught pianist.

John studied guitar with Michael McChesney and Barrios scholar Richard Stover, as well as voice with Christopher Bengochea. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in music composition. As a composer, he has 9 years of experience in composition ranging from solo works to large ensembles, including chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra. He has also conducted original choral composition under the direction of Maestro Donald Neuen with the UCLA Chamber Singers in Royce Hall in June 2011. Mr. Vidovic composed choral works for the West Valley College Chamber singers performed at the Finale concerts in May 2009 and December 2011. His main influences include music from Latin America, Romantic era music, and folk music from Eastern Europe.

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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.