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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

We are proud to announce a new film series- the Reel Arab Film Series starting this  Friday, January 24, 10 a.m.  The new Modern Greek Conversation Club starts on Friday, January 24 at 10am-12pm.

We are also delighted to invite you all to attend new workshops/drop-in sessions in UH and GH. Topics include Blackboard, WordPress, Google Drive, Box, and Wikis.

First workshop/drop-in this week: Blackboard Upgrades, Tuesday, Jan 21 (GH) and Wednesday, Jan 22 (UH): see schedule below. Other questions? Email us at and we will be happy to help with any tech needs for your classes.

Please forward the Film and Conversation Club information to your students and colleagues. Most gatherings have free coffee, tea, and snacks, and are open to UIC students, faculty, and staff.

If you'd like to host a language or culture event in GH 308, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at

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Week of January 20th - 24th Blackboard Upgrades

Tuesday 1/21

GH 304

Blackboard Upgrades

Wednesday 1/22

UH 1750


International Films

ALL FILMS ARE SCREENED IN 308 GRANT HALL. All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation clubs.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

 FRIDAY, January 24th, 10:00AM-12:00PM


Polish flag iconFRIDAY, January 24th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Modern Times (Charles Chaplin1936)

Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford and Chester Conklin.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, January 24th, 3:00-5:00PM


Next Week's Films

French flag iconMONDAY, January 27th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011) 

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, January 28th, 2:00-4:00PM

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Sun Alley (Leander Haußmann, 1999)

A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West German" friends and relatives who come to visit, and of the East German border guards, all serve to illustrate the absurdity of everyday life on the Sonnenallee, and therefore throughout the former East Germany.

 FRIDAY, January 31st, 10:00AM-12:00PM


Polish flag iconFRIDAY, January 31st, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, January 31st, 3:00-5:00PM


Culture Events in the City

German flag image, icon size WEDNESDAY, January 2nd through SUNDAY, February 2nd

Request Concert - a play by Franz Xaver Kroetz

The Side Project Theater presents a one-woman, wordless play about an intensely solitary woman that first brought Kroetz to the attention of American audiences. 
Location: The Side Project Theater, 1439 W. Javis St., Chicago
Fee: ?
Click here for more information

French flag icon THURSDAY, January 23rd, 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

Celebrate a selection of staff favorites for the month of January! Stop by Pastoral at the Chicago French Market to learn why these wines made the cut and pick up a bottle or two to take home. It was the first feature film to be created in Poland following the six years of World War II. The film, set during the German occupation of Warsaw during the war, tells the story of several inhabitants of the same tenement house.Their stories are loosely tied together by a set of songs, both pre-war ballads popular during the war and war-time popular songs mocking German occupation (Siekiera, motyka). 
Location: Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton
Fee: Free 
Click here for more information

ñ THURSDAY, January 23rd to SUNDAY, January 26th

El Año Que Naci/ The Year I Was Born

El Año Que Naci/The Year I Was Born is being performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Argentinian playwright Lola Arias tells the story of the performers living during the Pinochet era in Chile. Using old photographs, photographs, letters, cassette tapes, old clothing, anecdotes, and elusive recollections, El Año Que Naci/The Year I Was Born is an emotional and visual journey of a time we never knew.                                  
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave
Fee: Free w/ Museum Admission
Click here for more information

Italian flag image, icon size SATURDAY, January 25th, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Visit the Italian American Veterans Museum Library

Museum co-founder and Fra Noi editor Paul Basile will be on hand each Saturday in January and will be offering guided tours at 10:30a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and screening their award winning documentary at noon. Coffee and cookies will be served in the third floor lobby, Big Band music will fill the air, and nearly two-dozen exhibits will be on display in all their glory.
Italian American Veterans Museum, 3800 West Division, Stone Park, IL 60165
Click here for more information

Chinese flag image, icon size ONGOING EVENT

Exibit: Great Wall to Great Lakes

Part community archive, part rectification of history’s oversights, the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago draws its exhibitions from the Midwest’s Chinese-American population. Community contributions pepper the museum’s exhibit “Great Wall to Great Lakes: Chinese Immigration to the Midwest” which documents the population shift from the construction of the transcontinental railroad through the present day.
Location: 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago
Fee: $3
Click here for more information

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag icon WEDNESDAY, January 29rd, 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch Hour Music with Chris Goranson 

Guitarist Chris Goranson brings jazz to the Chicago French Market. A guitar instructor by day and gigging musician by night, Chris has been featured with the band OurGlass and performed at venues like Ace Bar and media appearances like JBTV.
Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton
Click here for more information

ñ ONGOING through FRIDAY, January 31st

José Luis Resino - Memory Landscapes 

José Luis Resino is a Spanish artist who focuses on painting various landscapes such as interiors, rivers, gardens and urban landscapes. His work has been featured in various expositions throughout Europe and the United States and he has won many awards in the past 13 years including: First Prize for Painting from Ayuntamiento de Miguelturra in 2009, First Prize Community Board from Castilla la Mancha in 2005 and Honorable Mention for Painting from the Association of Friends in 2010.                                 
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio Street
Fee: Free 
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German flag image, icon size SATURDAY, February 1st, 7:30PM

From Song to Stage - Transforming Schubert Lieder to Musical Drama

On the occasion of Franz Schubert’s birthday, VOX 3 Collective offers another program celebrating the wonderful melodies written by the father of the Lied. In a rare twist, members show parallels and contrasts between the art song and the operatic output he left behind. Hear seldom-performed arias and scenes from Schubert’s operas alongside more familiar tunes. 
Location: 4740 North Western Avenue
Fee: $5
Click here for more information

Japanese flag icon SATURDAY, February 1st

Anime festival

Uchi-Con features gaming, cinema, Asian culture, vendors, speakers, panels, and workshops in the Ida Noyes buildings at University of Chicago.
Location: Ida Noyes, 1212 E 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

Chinese flag image, icon size SUNDAY, February 2nd, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Chinese New Year Parade

Celebrate the day away as you attend this year's Chinese New Year Parade Chicago. Complete with extravagant floats, dancing, and lion dances alongside the Friendship Ambassador competition, this Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago is sure to be nothing short of a fantastic one. The parade begins at 1pm and runs down Wentworth Street. The Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago is known as one of the most exciting neighborhood parades Chicago has to offer. Come on out and support this great cultural experience!
Location: 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago
Fee: Free
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


Tue, 1 - 2 PM


Chinese flag image, icon size Chinese
Mon, 12 - 1 PM

German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM

Russian flag iconRussian
Wed, 3:30 - 4:30 PM


ñ Spanish
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

French flag iconFrench

Thurs, 2 - 3 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

As always, please email us at if you have any questions!

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