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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The new Modern Greek Conversation Club starts this week - on Wednesday, February 5th at 1PM! We are also inviting you to attend the new film series - the Reel Arab Film Series - which will be taking place every Friday at 10AM-12PM.

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

Interested in creating a webpage for your class or for an event? It’s just about as easy as creating a Word document—find out how at the UIC WordPress drop-in sessions this Tuesday and Wednesday (see the schedule below). If you already have something in mind, please bring your material and we can start building your new website. 

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.

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LCLC Workshops

Week of February 3rd - 7th  


Tuesday 2/4

GH 304



Wednesday 2/5

UH 1750

 Week Of February 10th - 14th


 Video Editing

Monday 2/10

UH 1501


Video Editing

Tuesday 2/11

GH 304 


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.

French flag iconMONDAY, February 3rd, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Congorama (Philippe Falardeau, 2006) 

An eccentric Belgian inventor travels to Québec to search for his family, which uncovers a secret history between two seemingly unrelated people.

 FRIDAY, February 7th, 10:00AM-12:00PM


Polish flag iconFRIDAY, February 7th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: The Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio de Sica, 1948)

Adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, and starring Lamberto Maggiorani as the desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his plucky young son, Bicycle Thieves is one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 7th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011)

When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconMONDAY, February 10th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Sicilian Clan (Henri Verneuil1969) 

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, February 11th, 2:00-4:00PM

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Fatih Akın2005)

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 film/documentary directed by Fatih Akın. The film is a journey through the music scene in modern Istanbul, Turkey as well as portraying its cultural life.

 FRIDAYFebruary 14th, 10:00AM-12:00PM


Polish flag iconFRIDAY, February 14th, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 14th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Cruelty (Marina Liubakova, 2007)

Cruelty continues the tradition of many Russian films—such as Aleksei Balabanov's Brother (1997) and Brother 2 (2000), Valerii Todorovskii's The Land of the Deaf (1998), Petr Buslov's Bimmer (2002) and Bimmer 2 (2006)—to comment on the specifics of the market economy and the role of money in contemporary Russian society. Liubakova's film offers its audience a story of two women who have different temperaments, tastes, and moral values, and who represent different generations and social layers of Muscovite society.

Culture Events in the City

French flag icon THURSDAY, February 6th, 6:30PM

Speed ​​dating on Valentine's Day

What is speed dating? Fifteen Dames and fifteen Sieurs sit across each other at a long table with just a few minutes to get to know each other en français, before moving on to the next partner. An unique opportunity to improve your French skills while having fun. Et qui sait ?
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8 with a glass of French wine
Click here for more information

ñ THURSDAY, February 6th, 9:00PM

La Mata w/ Malaflacha

La Mata will be performing at Reggie’s Rock Club with Malaflacha. A performance of visual and music experimentation, Chicago’s own La Mata is a collection of musicians, poets and visual artists inviting you to dance to their hybrid sounds of ska, punk, jarocho, cumbia, and more. Come out and discover what your fellow Chicago artists are creating! Good vibes, good music.
Location: Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616 
Fee: $5
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, February 8th, 10:00 - 11:00AM

Researching the Forbidden

Terri O'Connell will present Researching the Forbidden. We all have family secrets. Stories that are whispered to a select few and hidden from the rest. Some secrets go with our ancestors to the grave while others are eventually exposed. Why do we feel the need to hold these family secrets? What can we learn about our past that will help us in the present and the generations to come? What records are available and what can you learn to sort out these family secrets? In this lecture learn what the records can tell you, even if you were not looking for it.
Florentine Room, Casa Italia, 3800 Division Street, Stone Park, IL 60165
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German flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, February 8th, 7:30PM

Kulturkueche - Schokoladen Tiramisu

Shortly before Valentine's Day we are preparing some sweet treats in our DANK kitchen! Since St. Valentine comes from Italy we are giving a classic Italian dessert, a delicious German twist: Schokoladen Tiramisu.
Frau Melanie will lead this class and give students hands-on opportunities to learn how to create a lovely dessert for their sweetheart. Attendees receive instructions, recipes, tasting, and one drink.
Location: Dank Haus, 4740 North Western Avenue
Fee: $16
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 SUNDAY, February 9th, 3-5PM

Imagining Your Family: The story Behind Michael Bakalis' Novel "In Search of Yannelli"

Dr. Michael J. Bakalis will present the real and historical events which prompted him to write the novel in which he seeks answers to questions he should have asked about his father’s life. 

Mr. Bakalis began his career after graduation from Northwestern University by teaching at the junior high school and high school levels. Upon receiving his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, he taught at Northern Illinois University. He has lectured extensively at various universities throughout the United States and abroad.Mr. Bakalis has published extensively in the fields of education and public policy, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them his selection as Illinois Administrator of the year in 1991. Bakalis has headed various state-wide study commissions which have led to legislation and public policy and was the chief architect of the now much heralded Chicago School Reform Legislation of 1986.
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street
Fee: Free with Museum Admission; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, February 12th, 6:30PM

My Favorite French Film with Chicago photographer Art Shay

Chicago’s great citizens share their favorite French film with you! 

Amour (Michale Haneke, 2012), in French with English subtitles

A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between, Michael Haneke’s Amour takes a long, hard, tender look at an elderly French couple, Georges and Anne — played by two titans of French cinema, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva — in their final days. This is a film that will make you weep not only because life ends but also because it blooms. Manohla Dargis- NY Times
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue
$8 Admission with a glass of French wine

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ñ ONGOING through SUNDAY, August 17th

Galería Sin Fronteras

Founded by Gilberto Cárdenas in Texas, for thirteen years the actual Galería Sin Fronteras specialized in Chicano, Latin American, and Caribbean art, taking an important role in bringing to light emerging Latino artists. Touching on cultural, social and political themes, this exhibit is free and runs till August 17th
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street 
Fee: Free 
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German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, February 13, 6:00PM

Soul Boy - A story of African film making

For a number of years now, Tom Tykwer's partner Marie Steinmann has been working in the slums of Nairobi with the art workshop "Art Education for Children", organized by the NGO Anno’s Africa. The initiative gave rise to the German offshoot One Fine Day e.V. “I wanted to play a part in this. But the only thing I am capable of doing is film,” Tykwer said. And so the idea for a film workshop was born, which in turn has led to a veritable cinematic event: SOUL BOY.
Location: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
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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
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


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


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

Wed, 1 - 2 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

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