Petra Belkovic Taylor
Petra Taylor is the Director of the European Center for the Study of War and Peace. A native of Croatia and a survivor of the recent war in the Balkans, Petra is earning her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She holds an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University, an MEd in TESOL from Boston University, a BA in English from Gordon College, and is fluent in several of the region’s languages. She specializes in South Slavic and Russian literatures, and is interested in questions of nationalism and literature, as well as multilingual and exile writers.
James L. Taylor
director of international programs
James Taylor is lecturer in philosophy at Gordon College and the Director of the Balkans Semester. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Boston College (2016), and holds an MA from Loyola Marymount University and a BA from Gordon College. He specializes in the “ethics of transformation” at the political, religious, and personal levels, and in the possibilities for reconciliation afforded by intercultural and interreligious dialogue. He is the editor (with Richard Kearney) of the volume Hosting the Stranger: Between Religions (Continuum 2011) that examines the possibility of transformation through dialogue between the five major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. He is the guest editor of a special edition of the journal Philosophy and Social Criticism on the subject of “Heidegger and Politics” (2013) and he has published on spirituality and ethics in New Arcadia Review and International Studies in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology.
Luka Rincic has earned his MA in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University. He has worked more than seven years at the Festival of Tolerance - JFF Zagreb, an organization which, through various types of cultural and educational programs, raises awareness about and fights against racism, discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia and hate speech, striving towards a society of interculturalism. As Educational Program Manager, he had organized more than 70 programs of non-institutional education of pupils and students in six different countries, which were attended by 22.000 young people. As a vital member of a team led by two-time Academy Award winning producer Branko Lustig, he contributed to successful organization of 16 different editions of the Festival of Tolerance. He further explored the issues of peacekeeping, peacemaking and harmonious coexistence through UN Academy program, which he finished in 2018.
Petra Belkovic Taylor (President)
Ralph is the Director for the Navigators in Central and Eastern Europe and the European Director for the Global Enterprise Network. Ralph currently supervises staff and projects for the Navigators in 14 countries. His 38 years of business experience includes 18 years as the CEO of automotive aftermarket products manufacturing company and ownership, board, and consulting positions with numerous for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. With his wife Bonnie, Ralph divides his time between home bases in Sofia, Bulgaria and Akron, Ohio.