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

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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Chicago Mayor Proclaims January 27th Saint Sava Academy Day

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, has officially proclaimed January 27th, the feast day of the revered Serbian patron saint of education and culture, as Saint Sava Academy Day in Chicago in recognition of the school's work and for its contributions to the community.

The Mayor's proclamation also noted that Saint Sava Academy is "the only full-time elementary school in Chicago offering dual language education in both Serbian and Russian languages," "offers a safe community where students are able to express their culture and religious beliefs," and "sustains an Orthodox faith-based education that provides students a strong spiritual compass both inside and outside the classroom."

Leaders of Holy Resurrection Cathedral and Saint Sava Academy warmly welcomed the Mayor's proclamation.

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The book on Serbia’s Christian Heritage in Kosovo and Metohija

The book on Serbia’s Christian Heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, its heartland in medieval times and through Ottoman domination, in recent months introduced to a wide reading public the oldest and richest treasury of Serbian medieval history and culture. Many university libraries were very pleased to have a copy of this high-quality publication, outlining the spiritual and artistic heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It has been added to reference collections and now many students and faculty will make use of the ready access to it.

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Редитељски првенац Мирјане Карановић „Добра жена” у такмичарском програму Санденс фестивала

Филм „Добра жена”, редитељски првенац глумице Мирјане Карановић, имаће светску премијеру на предстојећем Санденс филмском фестивалу у САД. Филм наше глумице и редитељке изабран је међу 12 филмова који ће се такмичити у међународном такмичарском програму фестивала.

„Добра жена”, за коју је Мирјана Карановић писала и сценарио, уз сараднике Стевана Филиповића и Дарка Лунгулова, је филм о суочавању са личном прошлошћу. Након тридесет година брака, главна јунакиња сазнаје тајну о свом мужу, због које је присиљена да донесе одлуку да ли да настави да живи скривајући истину од себе саме, или да остави све оно што је дотад стекла и започне самостални живот, што је у њеним годинама прилично застрашујуће.

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New Book by Marta Trklja

Marta Trklja has completed and published her newest novel “Three Lives of Simona Abrams: Unexpected Desire.” It is her fifth publication in five years.

The story portrays the various experiences of Simona’s love and the affect of those experiences on her life and the lives of others, beginning with her first love, the unexpected ending of that relationship, and continuing through her dysfunctional marriage. The book is available on Amazon UK.

“I have already started working on a preliminary work for my new historical novel, entitled, In The Shadows of the Setting Sun: Legend about Hasan Pasha Predojevic. Because of the extensive research of the history of the second half of the sixteenth century, I may not be able to brag next year to tell you that I finished six novels in six years. However, this work is in progress and, as our people would say, ‘When you begin to do somethind, half of the work is done,’” said Marta.

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Healing Chicago's 'mean streets' one patient at a time

Dr. Daniel Ivankovich has been named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero.

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Harriman Institute Lectures

Using Neglected Literary Texts to Understand the Evolution of Serbian Society
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
12:00 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture for a talk by Svetlana Tomić, Alfa University (Belgrade).

Tomić will discuss the historical, political, and literary value of four memoirs by Serbian women: Serbia’s Queen Natalia Obrenović, feminists Savka Subotić and Paulina Lebl Albala, and one of the first professional female teachers Stanka Gišićeva. Their autobiographical works came from different localities, social groups, and ethnicities. They focus on self-representation, women’s lives, and perceptions, and offer valuable insights into Serbian history and society.

Tomić argues that, although women’s memoirs have remained culturally marginalized in Serbia, studying the neglected writings of women opens the possibility for a better appreciation of society and its ability to transform. How do female memoirists contrast with male writers such as Đorđević, Milićević, and Žujović? Can we find contradictions in their confessional dramas and see the motives for their writing? What can we conclude by comparing the writings of men and women from the period when the Serbian nation was formed? How can we generalize the difference and use it as an instrument for a better understanding of social developments not only in Serbia but in the wider Western Balkans region?

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People Directory

Vladimir Kulenović

Following the completion of his post-graduate conducting studies at the Juilliard School, Vladimir Kulenovic was named Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in the U.S., Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan and Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Serbia. His recent guest conducting engagements included collaborations with renowned orchestras in the US, Europe in Asia, as well as illustrious soloists including Leon Fleisher, Mischa Maisky, Akiko Suwanai, Joseph Silverstein and Augustin Hadelich, to name but a few.

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Publishing

Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.