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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Ivan Ciric

Professor of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical School

Ivan S. Ciric was born on December 15, 1933 in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Ciric grew up in Sremski Karlovci. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Belgrade and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Ciric trained under Professor Wilhelm Tonnis at the University of Cologne from 1961 to 1963 and under Dr. Paul Bucy at Northwestern University Medical School from 1963 to 1967. That year he received additional training in stereotactic surgery under Dr. Claude Bertrand and in pituitary surgery under Dr. Jules Hardy at the Notre Dame Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Ciric is Professor of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School, Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at the Evanston Hospital where he holds the Bennett - Tarkington Chair of Neurosurgery.

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On Divine Philanthropy

From Plato to John Chrysostom

by Bishop Danilo Krstic

This book describes the use of the notion of divine philanthropy from its first appearance in Aeschylos and Plato to the highly polyvalent use of it by John Chrysostom. Each page is marked by meticulous scholarship and great insight, lucidity of thought and expression. Bishop Danilo’s principal methodology in examining Chrysostom is a philological analysis of his works in order to grasp all the semantic shades of the concept of philanthropia throughout his vast literary output. The author overviews the observable development of the concept of philanthropia in a research that encompasses nearly seven centuries of literary sources. Peculiar theological connotations are studied in the uses of divine philanthropia both in the classical development from Aeschylos via Plutarch down to Libanius, Themistius of Byzantium and the Emperor Julian, as well as in the biblical development, especially from Philo and the New Testament through Origen and the Cappadocians to Chrysostom.

With this book, the author invites us to re-read Chrysostom’s golden pages on the ineffable philanthropy of God. "There is a modern ring in Chrysostom’s attempt to prove that we are loved—no matter who and where we are—and even infinitely loved, since our Friend and Lover is the infinite Triune God."

The victory of Chrysostom’s use of philanthropia meant the affirmation of ecclesial culture even at the level of Graeco-Roman culture. May we witness the same reality today in the modern techno-scientific world in which we live.