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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Mirjana Joković

Mirjana Joković (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирјана Јоковић) (born November 24, 1967) is a Serbian film and stage actress, best known for her role as Natalija Zovkov in Underground, the film of Emir Kusturica (1995). She currently is Director of Performance for Acting and an acting teacher in the Theater Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.

Mirjana Jokovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She spent her early years in Zambia, where her father was an industrial engineer.

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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