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

North American Society for Serbian Studies

The North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS) is an organizational member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), formerly American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS). It is dedicated to promoting and enhancing knowledge of Serbian culture and society throughout North America, including the American and Canadian academic community, as well as the Serbian diaspora at large. The goal of the organization is to foster and support scholarly interests and research in disciplines such as language, literature, art, music, history, anthropology, sociology and political science. NASSS membership is open to all, scholars and supporters, who share these interests and goals.

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The North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS) was founded in 1978 as a non-profit, scholarly organization. Its main objective is to promote research and advance knowledge of Serbian Studies and to increase public awareness and understanding of Serbia, its culture and people. The society reaches its constituents through publication of the journal Serbian Studies, organization of meetings, sponsorship of public events, and participation in conferences, such as the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eureasian Studies (ASEEES). NASSS works closely with universities and cultural institutions in Serbia in order to facilitate sharing of scholarly information and exchange opportunities for scholars and students. The society also seeks to collaborate closely with scholars from around the world whose research focuses on Serbian studies.

Serbian Studies is the inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal of the North American Society for Serbian Studies, published biannually in the United States by Slavica Publishers. The journal is distributed to over one hundred eighty libraries in North America and abroad, and to the members of the Society. Current and previous issues are available from the publisher. The journal is in the process of digitalization.

In circulation since 1980, the journal invites scholarly articles on subjects pertaining to Serbian culture and society past and present, and across fields and disciplines. The journal also welcomes archival documents, source materials, and book reviews. Contributors to Serbian Studies include scholars affiliated with a broad range of institutions around the world, as well as those engaged in independent scholarship.

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Anna Novakov

Anna Novakov (October 2, 1959) is a Serbian-American art historian, critic, educator and curator based at Saint Mary's College of California. A prolific writer, Novakov has received numerous awards and grants for her research and art criticism. In addition to her published essays, collaborations with artists, museum catalogues and exhibition reviews, she is the primary contributor and editor of more than ten books.

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My Brother's Keeper

by Fr. Radovan Bigovic

Rare are the books of Orthodox Christian authors that deal with the subject of politics in a comprehensive way. It is taken for granted that politics has to do with the secularized (legal) protection of human rights (a reproduction of the philosophy of the Enlightenment), within the political system of so-called "representative democracy", which is limited mostly to social utility or to the conventional rules of human relations. Most Christians look at politics and democracy as unrelated with their experience of the Church herself, which abides both in history and in the Kingdom, the eschaton. Today, the commercialization of politics—its submission to the laws of publicity and the brainwashing of the masses—has literally abolished the "representative" parliamentary system. So, why bother with politics when every citizen of so-called developed societies has a direct everyday experience of the rapid decline and alienation of the fundamental aspects of modernity?

In the Orthodox milieu, Christos Yannaras has highlighted the conception of the social and political event that is borne by the Orthodox ecclesiastical tradition, which entails a personalistic (assumes an infinite value of the human person as opposed to Western utilitarian individualism) and relational approach. Fr Radovan Bigovic follows this approach. In this book, the reader will find a faithful engagement with the liturgical and patristic traditions, with contemporary thinkers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, all in conversation with political science and philosophy. As an excellent Orthodox theologian and a proponent of dialogue, rooted in the catholic (holistic) being of the Orthodox Church and of his Serbian people, Fr Radovan offers a methodology that encompasses the above-mentioned concerns and quests.