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

LeitmotivArts presents Aleksandra Denda EP release show

LeitmotivArts is thrilled to announce the release of the debut EP DREAMER from Aleksandra Denda available worldwide on March 17th 2016.

Two years after having her single "In the Dark" selected as The Song Of The Day on Jon Oliver's The Main Ingredient Radio, Aleksandra releases her debut EP. DREAMER - wonderful patchwork of acoustic and electronic elements, intertwining Neo Soul, Jazz, World Music and Electronica into Aleksandra's own ethereal sonic canvas.

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Serbian Movie Festival

The Serb National Federation, the Embassy of Serbia in Washington, D.C. & Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh are sponsoring a Serbian Movie Festival at the University of Pittsburgh from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20, 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh in the David Lawrence Hall.

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Њујоршки сан српских креатора

Два дана после запажених ревија у Њујорку, синоћ је за наше дизајнере приређен пријем у генералном конзулату Србије у овом граду, уз изложбу њихових креација. Утисци се и даље слежу и неки од њих још нису свесни да им се пружила прилика о којој су сањали – да се представе у Великој јабуци, једној од четири светске модне престонице.

– Teк сад ми полако прилази свести да сам имала ревију на Њујоршкој недељи моде. Велика је ствар то што смо нас троје овде направили своје конкретне модне кораке. Међу гостима је било доста личности из света који су повезани са јавним личностима, као и људи из света бизниса са којима је могуће остварити сарадњу. Било је пуно заинтересованих за поједине комаде из моје колекције и с њима сам договарала сарадњу око продаје – рекла је за „Политику” Марина Мићановић.

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Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music: Vladimir Kulenovic, a conductor with an uncommon passion

Vladimir Kulenovic, music director of the north suburban Lake Forest Symphony, is at once selfish and selfless, useful qualities for a bright, ambitious, young musician out to make a name for himself in the fast track of symphonic conducting.

Selfish, because the Belgrade, Serbia-born American conductor's career ambitions are, by his own admission, limitless. Now in his second year with the Lake Forest professional orchestra, Kulenovic, who is 35 and lives in Evanston, has energized the ensemble and its audience. The Solti Foundation U.S. has taken notice. Having already awarded him career-assistance grants in 2012 and 2013, the foundation, which supports young conductors of exceptional promise, honored him a third time by naming him its $25,000 Solti Conducting Fellow for 2015, a prestigious honor indeed.

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Larry Vuckovich in solo concert

@Café Pink House in Saratoga, CA, February 17, Wednesday

An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences.

Pianist Larry Vuckovich came to San Francisco in 1951 as a teenager from Montenegro – former Yugoslavia. He was fortunate to experience the heyday of jazz of which the '50s decade had some of the richest and most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups as Miles Davis, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. He brings to the solo piano format all the impressions he absorbed from that period and more which developed later throughout his performances with the masters Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson, Tom Harrell & more. He was fortunate to study classical piano at SF State with the noted Russian classical master pianist Vladimir Brenner. Larry Vuckovich is recognized for his piano touch where he incorporates some European classical themes fused with jazz. Larry is also recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. for combining the Balkan Folk influences with Jazz which is found on his landmark recording "Blue Balkan" featuring Bobby Hutcherson. We hope you will join us for a unique solo piano presentation.

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Film Screening of "Enclave" followed by Q&A with Director Goran Radovanović

Please join the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University's East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a screening of the film Enclave (2015) followed by a Q&A with director Goran Radovanović.

Synopsis: A Christian boy, determined to create a proper community burial for his late grandfather, crosses enemy lines and makes friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo. Focused on a tiny Serb community living in a UN-protected enclave in Muslim Kosovo, Enclavelooks at the legacy of ethnic cleansing and internecine conflict through the eyes of a small boy, Nenad. Every day Nenad is taken to school from his father’s farm in a KFOR armored car to study alone in a school with no other pupils. Like any other boy of his age, all Nenad wants are some friends his own age. Each day, through narrow observation slits in the military vehicle he sees two Albanian boys and a shepherd boy – who has lost his father in the war and hates Serbs.

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Mapping Identity: The Challenges of Immigrant Culture

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Studies for a talk with Dr. Krinka Vidaković-Petrov, diplomat, translator, journalist, and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Literature and Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

Dr. Krinka Vidaković-Petrov is a scholar, professor, diplomat, translator and journalist. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Currently she is Senior Fellow (Full Professor) affiliated with the Institute of Literature and Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Her fields of interest are comparative literature and folklore, Hispanic and Jewish Studies, Balkan and Serbian Studies, emigrant culture, Holocaust studies, literary translation, international relations.

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Nikola Tesla Boulevard

The Nikola Tesla Educational Corporation (NTEC) has started an initiative to rename the upper portion of "Burlington Street", in Hamilton, Ontario, to "Nikola Tesla Boulevard". Tesla was a genius who changed the world, and influenced the industrialization of Hamilton a century ago, specifically around Burlington Street. On October 14th, 2015 The Hamilton City Council approved the proposal of the name change under the condition that NTEC raises up to $150,000 to cover the costs of signage.

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Град Чикаго слави Дан школе Свети Сава

Једина школа у Чикагу у којој се учи на српском и руском језику, Академија „Свети Сава“ основана при Српској православној цркви, одлуком градоначелника добила је свој дан – 27. јануар.

Данашњи дан у Чикагу по први пут ће осванути као Дан Академије „Свети Сава“. Одлуком градоначелника Емануела Рама 27. јануар званично је проглашен за дан основне школе Српске православне цркве, која је основана при чикашком Саборном храму Васкрсења Христовог. У образложењу, Рам је навео да је Академија „Свети Сава” једина основна школа у Чикагу која нуди целодневно двојезично образовање на српском и руском језику, као и да има „ програм образовања утемељен на православљу који деци даје чврст духовни оријентир како у учионици, тако и ван ње”. Он је приметио и да се број ученика од оснивања школе утростручио и да сваке године расте за 17 одсто. „ Позивам све становнике Чикага да препознају трајне доприносе академије  и њихово чврсто уверење у снагу образовања које је подигло генерације житеља нашег града”, закључио је градоначелник пре него што је потписао и печатом оверио своју одлуку.

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Revolution Revisited: The 1986 Philippine Revolution by Kim Komenich

Pulitzer Prize Photojournalist Kim Komenich to release new book just in time for 30th anniversary of EDSA Revolution... With your help!

About this project

The 30th anniversary of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” Revolution will be celebrated from February 22-25, 2016. That week, Filipinos from around the world will be honoring the millions who took to the streets during those four miraculous days, putting their lives on the line to protect their democracy.

In honor of the anniversary I am in the process of publishing a collector-quality book of my photos of the fall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime, including the images that were awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

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People Directory

Milan Vukčević

Milan Radoje Vukcevich (Milan R. Vukčević) (March 11, 1937 – May 10, 2003) was a Yugoslav scientist, chess International Master, Grandmaster chess problem composer, and writer.

Vukcevich was born in Belgrade. In 1955 he won the Yugoslav Junior Championship, drawing a six game match with Bent Larsen in the same year. He became a chess International Master in 1958, and in 1960 played for Yugoslavia at the Chess Olympiad in Leipzig and had the second best overall score at the Student Chess Olympiad in Leningrad. In 1963 he moved to the United States, settling in Ohio.

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Publishing

Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."