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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Bishop Irinej (Dobrijević)

(2016–)

On 25 May 2016 the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected by acclamation Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand to the Throne of Bishops of Eastern America following the election of Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America to the Throne of Bishops of Canada.

He was born in 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, to his father Djuro and mother Milica (nee Svilar). His elementary and secondary education was completed in Cleveland, Ohio. After attending the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1973–1975, he attended St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania from 1975–1979, where he graduated with a Licentiate in Theology with the academic distinction maxima cum laude. In 1980 he enrolled in St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York and graduated in 1982 with a Master of Divinity degree with Honorable Mention for his master’s thesis Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich: A 1921 Mission to America. Following which, he entertained studies at the Athens Centre in 2000 and 2003 receiving levels I and II certificates in contemporary Greek language.

He spent most of his career in the field of education. He lectured as visiting fellow at Loyola University in Chicago and visiting fellow at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. For many years he was the co-editor of The Path of Orthodoxy, the official publication of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada.

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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.

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