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 Bishop Maxim Visits the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College

On Saturday 16 April, His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church visited the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College and presented a new book published within his diocese entitled The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija: The Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian People.

Bishop Maxim spoke about the efforts of the Serbian Orthodox Church to preserve its centuries-old monuments and the Christian heritage of Kosovo and Metohija.

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Call for nominations for the Miša Djordjević Book Prize

North American Society for Serbian Studies is inviting nominations for the annual Miša Djordjević Book Prize.​ ​The prize is awarded annually to a distinguished scholar or student in the area of Serbian studies.

Nominations should be sent to Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover by 15 May 2016: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous recipients of this award include Charles Simic, the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

More about the Prize can be found here: http://serbianstudies.org/bookprize.html

The recipient of the 2013 "Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic" Book Award is Radmila Gorup for the collection "After Yugoslavia: The Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land", Stanford University Press, 2013.

The recipient of the 2012 "Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic" Book Award was Tomislav Z. Longinovic for his book "Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary", Duke University Press, 2012.

The recipient of Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic Book Prize for 2009 is Gregory A. Freeman for his book The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II.

10th Anniversary Celebration Chicago-Belgrade Sister City Partnership

CSCI Belgrade Invite

Održan je koncert Aleksandre Denda

Beograđanka Aleksandre Denda sinoć je uz desetočlani bend predstavila svoj autorski album "Dreamer", jedinstvenu kombinaciju akustičnih i elektro elemenata uz primese neo soula, džeza i R&B-a. Kao predstavnica eminentne njujorške organizacije umetnika LeitmotivArts, Aleksandra je prepun klub oduševila kako svojim glasom tako i fantastičnim kompozicijama i tekstovima koji nikoga nisu ostavili ravnodušnim.

Brojna publika, koja je bila mešavina svih generacija i raznih kultura, nije krila oduševljenjue umećem ove velike pevačice, osetivši u njenim pesmama iskrenost i autentičnost, ljubav, lepotu, traganje i unutrašnje prevrate.

Aleksandra Denda je džez i neosoul pevačica i kantautorka koja trenutno živi i stvara u Njujorku. Ova beograđanka već godinama nastupa i snima širom Sjedinjenih Američkih Država, Evrope i Azije. Kao kreator i glas benda Aleksandra Denda Group, neguje zvuke soul-a, džeza, R&B-a ali i note Južne Amerike - brazilijane. Ona je takođe i suosnivač vokalne grupe ROSA, koja je jedina autentično-srpska a capella grupa na američkom kontinentu.

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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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People Directory

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Serbia), and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. Her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, has been published by Random House on March 8 2011. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35. Téa Obreht lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Publishing

Sebastian Press Mission Statement

Welcome to the Sebastian Press Publishing House of the Western Diocese!

Founded in 2006 and named in honor of a first American born Orthodox priest, Fr. Sebastian Dabovic, a pioneer of the Orthodox Church in the West, Sebastian Press is one of the largest and most active publishers of Christian Orthodox publications on the West Coast.

Our hard working staff seeks to fruitfully enrich and deepen the faith of Christians from all over the world with a variety of titles, embracing a diversity of Orthodox Traditions, while also presenting the works of Serbian theologians.

Sebastian Press is building its reputation for promoting high quality theological, historical, ecclesiastical, spiritual, hagiographical, iconographical, philosophical and patristic writings in its repertoire. Also, due to growing demand, we are giving special attention to the publishing of new titles for children, teens, and families, including video and audio programs.

The primary mission of Sebastian Press is to motivate and inspire its readers to seek a deeper union with the God-Man, through the written word of Orthodox Christian material, both on the scholarly and popular level, and to give glory to the life-giving Trinity.

Sebastian Press is located in Los Angeles, at the headquarters of the Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.