125 years of Serbian US relations
Saturday, 14 October 2006

The Harvard Club of Serbia hosted a reception to mark 125 years of Serbian US relations. The first two agreements were signed between Knezavina Srbia and USA on this date. The event was organized in a little-known architectural gem; Belgrade University's "Svetozar Markovic" library, built in 1926 thanks to generous support from the Carnegie Foundation, a fitting symbol of Serbian-American friendship.

Guests included Harvard Club members and families, Rod Moore, Deputy Ambassador of USA to Serbia; Zivorad Kovacevic, President of the European Movement in Serbia and ex Yugoslavian Ambassador to USA; Ivo Viskovic, Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science; Dragan Simic, Director of Center for USA Studies; Zorica Jankovic the historian who coordinated the 125 years exhibition at Belgrade city hall; Goran Stojkovic, Director of the Archive of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Director of the University Library Bogoljub Mazic welcomed guests and thanked the Harvard Club for gathering in the Library, home to many generations of students. Deputy Ambassador Rod Moore gave a broad and incisive overview of 125 years of Serbian US relations, noting their richness and complexity. Dr Mary Black MPH '90, President of the Harvard Club noted, "Relations between Serbia and the US have been especially strong in education. Over 70 people from Serbia have now graduated from Harvard or have completed Executive education programmes there. We expect this number to rise"

Joint Chair person of the Harvard Club Events committee Alexandra Joksimovic announced two forthcoming events. "We plan a roving exhibition of the history of Serbian - U S relations, which will open in Belgrade and then tour to American corners in libraries throughout Serbia. In early 2007 there will be an innovative conference drawing the best talent from Serbia and the US in the education, business and diplomatic communities to explore aspects of Serbian US relations.

Afterwards, guests mingled in the imposing setting and enjoyed canapes and refreshments from Iguana restaurant. The Harvard toast of "Veritas" was raised with Bermet, a unique Serbian previously drunk on the Titanic. We are glad to report that nobody sank during the event.


Members and guests gather for the toast of "Veritas"

Library Director Bogoljub Mazic; Events Co-Chair Aleksandra Joksimovic; Club President Dr Mary E Black; Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy Rod Moore beneath the bust of Carnegie