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

John Alexander Vidović

John Vidovic is a young musician and composer whose talents, work with students, and presence in various musical circles have already created a significant community impact. Mr. Vidovic specializes in classical guitar, music theory and composition. He has been playing guitar for 13 years and has accumulated 11 years of experience as a self-taught pianist.

John studied guitar with Michael McChesney and Barrios scholar Richard Stover, as well as voice with Christopher Bengochea. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in music composition. As a composer, he has 9 years of experience in composition ranging from solo works to large ensembles, including chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra. He has also conducted original choral composition under the direction of Maestro Donald Neuen with the UCLA Chamber Singers in Royce Hall in June 2011. Mr. Vidovic composed choral works for the West Valley College Chamber singers performed at the Finale concerts in May 2009 and December 2011. His main influences include music from Latin America, Romantic era music, and folk music from Eastern Europe.

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John’s performances include: 20 shows with rearranged instrumentation of The Fantastiks with the Los Altos Theatre Company, Tapestry Arts Festival in downtown San Jose during the past 4 years, 3 full solo guitar recitals at West Valley College in Saratoga, one full recital with a flutist at the same College, a recital featuring 30 minutes of original compositions at UCLA and many others. For the past 8 years he has also regularly appeared as a classical guitar performer at The Villages Golf and Country Club restaurant in San Jose and hosted numerous classical guitar open mic events for the South Bay Guitar Society. John was a featured performer in classical and flamenco guitar for the South Bay Guitar Society in San Pedro Square, San Jose in May of 2010. For one whole year he worked in Logic Pro with personal home setup for electronic music and film scoring, including a film for the San Diego 48 Hour Film Festival in 2009 and animation for a graduate student at UCLA.

He has sung with the West Valley College Chamber Singers, UCLA Chamber Singers, and Slavyanka Russian Men's chorus.

John’s teaching career includes 8 years of private instruction in guitar, ukulele, and piano. He has taught rock, jazz, pop and classical music to close to 25 students per week. Between 2008 and 2009 he also tutored students in music theory and composition through West Valley College.

John Vidovic has received several awards for his performances, including the Randy Spendlove scholarship in 2007. That same year, he was also selected to represent the South Bay Guitar Society for the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition and awarded West Valley College music scholarship. At the Solo Guitar and Ensemble Festival in San Jose he has received excellent and superior ratings in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2011. John also received an Honorable Mention Award at the Music Teachers’ National Association “Young Composer” competition in 2005.

John has generously given to the community and helped establish an annual benefit concert to support St. Sava School in Saratoga. He currently resides in Campbell and teaches privately.


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Gordana Vunjak-Novaković

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is a Serbian American engineer and currently a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University. She is the director of Columbia's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Vunjak-Novakovic is a highly cited researcher, having published 235 engineering papers, two books, 45 book chapters, and 34 patents. She had also given over 150 lectures across the world. Vunjak-Novakovic is an advisor to the federal government on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, serving as chair of NIH's tissue engineering section. Vunjak-Novakovic's areas of research include tissue engineering, bioreactors, biophysical regulation, tissue development, and stem cell research.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.