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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Организација српских студената у иностранству повезује 8.000 академаца, промовише нашу земљу у свету, помаже дипломцима који желе да стечена знања примене у Србији и утиче на побољшање овдашњих просветних закона.

О њима се у домаћој јавности не зна много, иако окупљају око 8.000 наших студената који имају индексе универзитета широм света, а током протеклих година били су иницијатори промена у нашем високом образовању. Они су Организација српских студената у иностранству и права адреса за све који желе да се школују на иностраним универзитетима и да се са тамо стеченим дипломама запосле у Србији. ОССИ је ангажована и на промоцији наше земље у свету, а недавно је на основу њихових предлога за нострификацију диплома измењен и Закон о високом образовању.

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Vukan R. Vuchic

Education
Dipl.-Ing., University of Belgrade, 1960 
M. Eng., University of California/Berkeley, 1965 
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1966
First recipient of the Dr. Friedrich Lehner Medal, Munich, Germany, 1982
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Foreign Member, 1993
Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, Foreign Member, 2005.

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0