Everything You Need to Know about Rhodes Scholar Zarko Perovic

Alvaro Garcia Lecuona
Caliber Magazine

UC Berkeley alumnus and founder of our very own Caliber Magazine, Zarko Perovic, is being granted the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil John Rhodes, is an honorable grant for select undergraduate foreign students to study at the University of Oxford. It is widely considered to be the world’s most prestigious scholarship.

As the founder of Caliber, Perovic was more than willing to provide us with some insight into his past projects, experiences and aspirations. Here are some things you might not know about Rhodes Scholar Zarko Perovic:

1. Zarko was born in Nis, Serbia in 1990, but had to move to Minnesota at 8 years old when his country was in the peak of the Yugoslav Wars.

Zarko then moved to San Diego, California where he attended Torrey Pines High School. After high school, he attended UC Berkeley where he majored in Political Science and classical civilizations, and graduated in the top five of his class.

2. Zarko jammed with the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra.

Outside of class, Zarko worked with the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center to bring together the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to benefit the victims of the Cambodian genocide. Apart from this, Zarko was pretty good at playing the guitar, and he even worked with the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra. He has also taught classical guitar to elementary school students. Here is Perovic rehearsing with famous local mandolin player David Grisman:

3. In his senior year, Zarko studied abroad in Paris.

Here he studied a mouthful of subjects including political theory, European integration, nationalism, and the writings of Foucault. While in the City of Love, Perovic wrote a central paper on the effect of International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) on nationalism, influenced by his early experiences in Serbia.

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