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Croatia in the Early Middle Ages published in English and French
An excellent and easy to read book that should be available in all universities and libraries world-wide for scholars and anyone interested in studying the history of Europe's Middle Ages. Croatia is one of the oldest continuously existing countries in Europe. Hilda Foley. This luxorous monograph  containing 30 extensive articles with numerous photos, has been published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Croatian cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić are a YouTube hit
Cellist Luka Šulić (left) along with cellist Stjepan Hauser have created a hit on YouTube with their new video. The video features the duo engaged in a classical music rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". This rendition was arranged by both Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić and already has several hundred thousand views on the popular video sharing site.

Branko Franolic 1925-2011 distinugished promoter of Croatian studies
Dr. Branko Franolić, distinguished Croatian scholar, a member  correspondent of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, spent most of his life far from his homeland, in England, France, Canada and elsewhere. He defended his doctoral thesis at famous Sorbonne in Paris. He left behind him numerous important books and articles dealing with various aspects of Croatian history and culture.

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan has Croatian roots
17-year-old Teresa Scanlan (left) is the youngest winner in the history of the Miss America contest and the first woman from Nebraska to take the crown. The blond beauty is also part Croatian. The origins of the newly crowned Miss America can be traced back to the small Croatian island of Ilovik, which her grandparents left many years ago to move to the United States.

Tomislav Domazet-Loso Croatian biologist in cover article of Nature
Evolutionary geneticists, Tomislav Domazet-Lošo, on the left, from Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb (Croatia), and Diethard Tautz and Max Planck Institute for the Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany), showed that the development of embryos mirrors evolutionary history. The results are published in the 9th December 2010 issue of Nature as a cover story. Dr. Tomislav Domazet-Lošo is a son of Croatian admiral mr. Davor Domazet-Lošo.

Owen Marecic of Stanford Named Inaugural Paul Hornung Award Winner
A throwback to another era, two-way starter Croatian American Owen Marecic (left) of Stanford University was selected the inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in major college football, by the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung.

American success of Croatian pianist Ivana Marija Vidovic
The highlight and the triumphant completion of a successful year of Croatian pianist Ivana Marija Vidović was her visit to the Brazilian city of Curitiba where for two consecutive nights she interpreted Turin and Piazzolla with the spectacular Camerata Antiqua de Cidade do Curitiba orchestra. The concerts were conducted by one of the foremost conductors in Brazil, maestro Luis Gustavo Petri.

Ivica Kostelic winning a World Cup slalom race in Adelboden 2011
After a thrilling battle with the course conditions and a group of determined Austrians, Ivica Kostelic celebrated his first season victory in a ‘Classic’ World Cup race at Adelboden, Switzerland, after two impressive runs. In 2010 Ivica won two silver medals for Croatia at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, one in slalom and another in combined.

Nelly Auersperg distinguished Canadian scientist educated also in Zagreb Croatia
Nelly Auersperg b. Gutmann (1928), born in Austria, and escaped before the WWII to Croatia, where she spent her youth in the town Beslice. She studied medicine at the University of Zagreb, and completed her studies at the University of  Washington. Her scientific work in Canada was focused on problems of early ovarian cancer detection. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia.

Mladen Lovric founder of SUVAG Center in Yakutia in Russia 1990
Mladen Lovrić is a distinguished specialist for Verbotonal method which is applied to children with deafness problems. This global method is due to renowned Croatian scientist Petar Guberina. Mr. Lovrić helped to establish the first SUVAG Center in Russia in 1990, which - surprisingly - was founded in Yakutia, in East Siberia. Recently the 20th anniversary was celebrated in Neryungri. On the left portrait of M. Lovrić by Ukrainian painter Taras Belej.

Rudjer Boskovic a famous Croatian scientist born 300 years ago in 1711
Rudjer Boskovic (1711-1787), born in Dubrovnik 300 years ago, was a member of the Royal Society of London, a member of St.Petersbug Academy, "membre correspondant" of the French Academie Royale des Sciences. According to Werner Heisenberg, "Boskovic occupies outstanding place as a theologian, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer." On the left portrait of Boskovic by Edge Pine, London 1760.

Lidija Bajuk Croatian singer, songwriter and poet
Lidija Bajuk, distinguished musician of the Croatian ethno music scene, reveals us traditional folk songs from various parts of Croatia, especially from her native Međimurje. She writes music for film and theatre. She has also published several collections of poems and fairy tales, and has initiated The Virtual Museum of Traditional Međimurje Music.

Andrija Buvina's 13th century Christams message Split, Croatia
The world famous portal of the Cathedral of Sv. Dujam in the city of Split had been finished in c. 1214. It is ranked among the most beautiful pieces of art in the medieval Europe. The height of the Buvina wooden  doors is 5.3 m. It contains 28 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.

New book by Slavica Jakelić "Collectivistic Religions"
"Collectivistic Religions" by Slavica Jakelić addresses questions of religion and collective identity, religion and nationalism, religion and public life, and religion and conflict. It moves beyond the attempts to tackle such questions in terms of 'choice' and 'religious nationalism' by introducing the notion of 'collectivistic religions' to contemporary debates surrounding public religions.

Mime Cuvalo's FireFTP downloaded almost 18 million times by the end of 2010!
Mime Čuvalo's FireFPT was downloaded 17,845,269 times by the end of 2010! To see the trend, the number of downloads until September 2004 was 4.5 million. Just in the course of the last month and a half the number of downolads was more than half a million. Half of all proceeds go towards helping various orphanages in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and in Vukovar, Croatia.

James J. Sadkovich's monograph "Tudjman, the first political biography"
James Sadkovich is the author of the monograph Tudjman: prva politicka biografija, his first political biography, in 2010, Zagreb (in Croatian). He is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Sadkovich completed the initial research for this monograph  while a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. We provide an interview by Julienne Eden Bušić.

Little Stars Croatian girls choir singing at Lincoln Center December 19, 2010
Maestro Zdravko Šljivac is conducting the Little Stars choir from Zagreb, which will participate the International Holiday Concert Let us sing Croatian Christmas together - Pjevajmo zajedno hrvatski Božić, organized by the Harmony For Peace Foundation. The concert is held in the Lincoln Center, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 3:00 PM Avery Fisher Hall. Also participating are Drago Bubalo & Angel Voices & Bells of St. Aidan, Reagan Stone, Klapa Astoria.

Croatian language and name during centuries
Croatian language and name can be effectively followed at least since the 11th century. We provide a selection of relevant documents where the Croatian national name had been written in its traditional way: Hrvat (as we call it today), Horvat, and their various derivatives. Outstanding monuments include The Baska Tablet from circa 1100, The Vinodol Code 1288, Istrian Boundaries 1275 and many other. On the left Hrvatskoj in Cro Glagolitic, 15th ct., see the 2nd line.

Croatian Tales of Long Ago by Ivana B. Mazuranic published in Japanese in 2010
Croatian Tales of Long Ago, written by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić 1874-1938, have been published by Fusambo International publishing house in Japan in 2010, translated from Croatian by Ikuko Yamamoto. It was promoted at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Tokyo, and Mrs Yamanoto, Mrs Kikko Sakamoto, director of the publisher, and Dr. Drago Štambuk, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Japan, described the edition.

Professor Mladen Bestvina associate editor of the Annals of Mathematics
Professor Mladen Bestvina, on the photo with his wife Cynthia, is associate editor of the Annals of Mathematics since 2006, one of the most prestigious mathematical journals in the world. He completed his studies of mathematics at the University of Zagreb before he moved to the USA. Professor Bestvina is distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Utah. He is a member of the editorial board of Glasnik Matematički, a Croatian math journal.

Nenad Bach Band receives rave reviews on Coverville
Coverville's The 7th Annual Thanksgiving Double-Shot Beatles Cover Story aired a rendition of "Golden Slumbers" by the Nenad Bach Band. "Golden Slumbers" was originally on the Beatles’ classic 1969 album "Abbey Road". Coverville producer, Brian Ibbott called the Nenad Bach Band cover his favorite of the broadcast.

Ivan Gligora's Pag Cheese awarded with the Superior Taste mark in Brussels 2010
The famous Pag cheese produced in the cheese plant Sirena – Mala sirana in Kolan at Island Pag owned by Ivan Gligora, has recently been awarded two golden stars and the right to label this cheese with the Superior Taste mark at the international Superior Taste event in Brussels. This is the greatest award so far for this cheese that has thus been included in the circle of seventy top food products in the world.

Hagen Iserlohn 2011 call for submissions
The Hagen Iserlohn-2011 contest and exhibition of Croatian student's art  from around the world will be held in Germany in cooperation with: HKM Hagen, SD. Croatia Hagen, Hagen Caritas, Matica Croatia for the Ruhr area and the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The deadline for submissions is December 18, 2010. The contest and the exhibition have been initiated by Ankica Karačić, Hagen, Germany.

Croatian Middle Age Poetry by A. Kapetanovic, D. Malic and K. Strkalj Despot
 Croatian Medieval Poetry, written by Amir Kapetanović, Dragica Malić and Kristina Štrkalj Despot, is the first complete chrestomathy and monograph of Croatian medieval texts written in verse during the period of 14th-16th centuries, in Old Latin, Croatian Glagolitic and Croatian Cyrillic scripts. Publishing this amazing book by the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics is a great event for Croatian culture. It has nearly 1000 pages.

Nenad Ban's scientific work is regarded as a milestone in biochemical research
The 2010 Wieland Prize went to Croatian scientist Professor Nenad Ban of the Institute of Molecular Biology & Biophysics of the ETH Zurich for his definition of the molecular structures of fatty acid synthases (FAS) in fungi and mammals, the molecular assembly lines for lipid production. His great achievement now allows a precise understanding of how these large, complex biological machines function.

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia proclaimed the best female athlete in the world 2010
Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic has been named the world's best female athlete in 2010 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Blanka Vlašić was all smiles on Sunday in Monaco, where she collected the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award, the first ever for a Croatian athlete.

NFCA Leaders Meet With US State Department and National Security Council
A delegation of members of the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCA) met with the White House’s National Security Council staff and several US State Department policy officials earlier this month to discuss the current status of relations between the United States and Croatia and to express their concerns about the ongoing problems faced by Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Ivana Marija Vidovic Croatian pianist touring USA and Brazil
Ivana Vidović  has a series of concert and recitals in the USA and Brazil. In the USA she played with the Wayn State Orchestra, and with Dearborn State Orchestra in Michigan, plus the recital and master class for advanced students of the Wayne State University. In Brazil she will play with the Orquestra camerata de Curitiba. Her program includes also the first Croatian  woman composer Dora Pejačević.

Carla Martinis 1922-2010 Croatian opera star in Vienna
  Dragica Martinis (January 19, 1922 - October 8, 2010), better kown as Carla Martinis, was born in  Croatia in a small village of Dančulovići in the region of Žumberak west of Zagreb, near the town of Sošice. An Austrian newpapers proclaimed her to be an "acoustic miracle". Herbert von Karajan chose her to have the role of Aida in 1951 for the solemn concert organized on the occasion of 50 years since the death of Giuseppe Verdi.

Croatians world champions in men’s quadruple sculls in New Zealand 2010
The World Rowing Championship in New Zealand in November 2010 brought the highest possible achievement for young Croatia's men's quadruple scullsteam. The new world champions won their gold medals competing with such rowing superpowers like Italy, Australia, Germany, Russia and Great Britain. The names of winners are Damir Martin, brothers Martin and Valent Sinković, and David Šain.

Ashley Colburn and WOW Croatia seen by 10 million families in the USA
WOW Croatia is a documentary created in 2009 which has brought  the prestigious Emmy Award in 2010 to Ashley Colburn. Here we present the second part of her series of documentaries about Croatia, and an interesting interview she gave to Goran Rotim of the Croatian TV. By the mid 2010 about 10 million families in the USA have seen WOW Croatia

Michael McAdams 1947-2010 historian and sincere Croatian friend
C. Michael McAdams (1947-2010) is best known for his important monograph Hrvatska - mit i istina (Croatia Myth & Reality), published in Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Spanish (2 editions), and English (3 editions). Other translations are planned. We invite you to read an article by Croatian historian Dr. Ante Čuvalo written in memory of Michael McAdams.

Taras Belej painter from Ukraine: Croatia in my heart
Taras Belej, a young Ukrainian painter, had an exhibition of his works of art in Zagreb entitled "Croatia in my heart" (Galerija Mirko Virius), September 2010. As a four year old deaf child he arrived to Zagreb for rehabilitation at the SUVAG center, the world's leading center for treating deafness, where he started his systematic education, according to the verbotonal method of Croatian scientist Petar Guberina.

Violi Calvert: Nenad Bach in China to be interviewed by China Radio International
Violi Calvert, collaborator of the CROWN from Sydney: Hi,  I wish to advise that Nenad will be interviewed by Croatian radio in Beijing, which could be streamed through the website: http://croatian.cri.cn on Monday, 18 October at 4-5pm Beijing time [10-11am Zagreb time; 4-5 am New York time; 7-8pm Sydney time].

Dr. Ante Cuvalo: Ph.D. dissertations dealing with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina
By the courtesy of  Dr. Ante Čuvalo,  distinguished Croatian historian, we can offer you an impressive and yet incomplete list of recent Ph. D. dissertations dealing with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, on various subjects, defended in the past several years throughout the world.

Zvonimir Ranogajec preserves the story of the Croatian diaspora on film
  This historic image of Croatians demonstrating in Washington D.C. for Croatian independence in 1991 is one of many that Zvonimir Ranogajec has captured on over 250 documentary films spanning a period of 30 years about the Croatian communities in Canada and the United States.

Srdjan Bulat wins big in Alessandria
Srdjan Bulat (left) won second place and the prize for youngest finalist at the Michele Pittaluga International Classic Guitar competition. This competition is one of the most important and longest running competitions for classical guitar in the world which has been held for 43 years in the Italian town of Alessandria.

4 Miro Gavran novels in 4 languages at 2010 Frankfurt International Book Fair
Miro Gavran, distinguished Croatian playwright, has appeared with four novels in four languages, Chinese, German, Spanish and English, at the 62nd Frankfurt International Book Fair, October 8, 2010, at the Croatian Exhibition Stand. His books have been translated into as many as 32 languages. Miro Gavran's play "All About Women" was premiered in Warszaw, Poland in July 2010.

The Strings International Music Festival was in Groznjan Croatia 2010
Strings International Music Festival students Madison Marcucci, and Michal Marcucci, USA, traveled to Grožnjan, Croatia in August 2010 to participate in the International Cultural Center of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Grožnjan Festival.

Stjepan Krst rises from the ashes
1992 saw the expulsion of Croats from the parish of Stjepan Krst in Eastern Herzegovina. Their homes were burned and looted, and their church leveled to the ground. None of the above has kept the local Croats from rebuilding their homes and their church.

Croatia European waterpolo champion for 2010
The 29th European Water Polo Championship held in Croatia's capital Zagreb was closed on Saturday, September 11, with a magnificent final match between Croatia and Italy. LEN officials, participating teams, the press and fans all described the event in Zagreb as the best so far. Croatia has won gold medal.

Simone Young Australian conductor of Croatian mother and Irish father
Australian-born Simone Young, of Croatian mother and Irish father, is a conductor who has succeeded in a highly competitive, male-dominated field. Her career as a conductor was launched at the Sydney Opera House in 1985. In 2001 she took up a position as musical director of the Australian Opera and in 2005 she was appointed general director of the Hamburg State Opera.

Julienne Eden Busic's second book "Your Blood and Mine" available in English
In her best-selling autobiography, "Lovers and Madmen", Julienne Eden Busic wrote about the events leading up to her participation, in the 1976 political hijacking of an American TWA plane. Thirteen years later, the author shares in her acclaimed second book, "Your Blood and Mine", an intimate glimpse into the meaning of suffering, commitment, and waiting.

Mile Bogovic opened the Church of Croatian Martyrs in Udbina 2010
A dream of dr. Mile Bogović, Gospić-Senj archbishop on the left, and the whole of Croatia has been realized. The beautiful Church of Croatian Martyrs has been solemnly opened in Udbina, a town in the heart of Croatian region of Lika, on a spot with breathtaking view to the legendary Krbava field and surrounding mountains.

Marijana Hajdarhodzic and The Penny Black Remedy band from London
Marijana Hajdarhodžić, born in Croatia, classically trained flute player, singer and percussionist, and The Penny Black Remedy band in London are positively brimming with excitement, as they prepare to play their first ever live shows in Norway and Croatia. In her native Dubrovnik, Croatia, they will be playing in the gorgeous and historical venue, Lazareti, on Saturday, August 21st, 2010.

Ljerka Ocic prominent Croatian organist and proponent of organ playing
Ljerka Očić is teaching organ and chamber music at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. She is a jury member at the international organ contests and gives master courses in interpretation. Professor Očić is the president of the "Franjo Dugan Organ Music Promotion Society" in Zagreb, named after distinguished Croatian organ player and composer Franjo Dugan. She is the author of a series of five 30 min classical music films, shown in Croatia and Italy.

Eight perfect days for Croatians in Perth Australia
The Consulate of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Community of Western Australia are coordinating the participation of Croatia at this year’s fair Perth Royal Show. The goal is to showcase Croatia’s tourism and commerce as well as the trade and commerce of the Croatian community. The Elie Eaton pavilion the size of 1000 m2 was assigned to Croatia by the organizers. Hrvoje Petrušić, the consul general of the Republic of Croatia in Perth, wrote the article.

Marko Brešković 1942-2010 a founder of Dubravacki trubaduri
After a long and difficult illness, Marko Brešković passed on August 29th, 2010 at the age of 69. Together with Đelo Jusić, Luciano Capurso, Hamo Hajdarhodžić, Bobo Berdović and Ladislav Padjen, he helped form the legendary group Dubrovački trubaduri. He will be buried on September 1, 2010 at Bonino cemetery in Dubrovnik.

Renata Pokupić makes her LA Opera debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro
Renata Pokupić (left) makes her LA Opera debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (September 2010). The Croatian mezzo-soprano is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and other coloratura-mezzo repertoire as well as solo songs.

Martin Puljic to produce Blues radio show in Cleveland
Martin Puljic (left), a former American Croatian Business Association, President, and VP of Public Relations of Group 100, is independently producing a Blues music radio show for WJCU near Cleveland, Ohio USA. It will be on WJCU 88.7 FM on Tuesdays from 8-10PM EST beginning August 31st, 2010.

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