Madrid, Spain, photo by Elizabeth Weber                                                                      


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

This week's LCLC workshop is about Video Editing. Want to save Youtube videos or make video clips for class use? Come to our workshops Monday and Tuesday OR sign up for an individualized training session any Monday or Tuesday 10-1.  (Email to to make an appointment)

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 10th - 14th  

 Video Editing

Monday 2/10

UH 1501


Video Editing

Tuesday 2/11

GH 304 

 Week Of February 17th - 21st


UIC Box/GoogleDrive

Wednesday 2/19

UH 1750


UIC Box/GoogleDrive

Thursday 2/20

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 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 Akin2005)

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 film/documentary directed by Fatih Akin. 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

POLISH FILM CLUB: Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)

During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.

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.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconMONDAY, February 17th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Paris (Cédric Klapisch, 2008) 

Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes.

FRIDAY, February 21st, 10:00AM-12:00PM


Polish flag iconFRIDAY, February 21st, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964) 

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 21st, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Needle (Rashid Nugmanov, 1988)

Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He decides to help her kick the habit and to fight the local drug maphia responsible for her condition. But Moro finds a deadly opponent in "the doctor," the maphia kingpin who is exploiting Dina.

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
Click here for more information

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 
Click here for more information

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, 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
Click here for more information

Chinese flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, February 16th, 12:00 - 3:00PM

Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration

Location: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: ?
Click here for more information

 SUNDAY, February 16th

Greeks and Romans: Literature, Religion, Culture

Hellenic Link-Midwest presents Antonis Avgoustakis, associate professor of Classics, Medieval Studies, Comparative & World Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in a lecture titled, “Greeks and Romans: Literature, Religion, Culture.”
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 10249 W. Irving Park Rd., Schiller Park, IL
Fee:  Free for HLM members and students with ID, $5 for public.
Click here for more information

Next Week's Culture Events in the City 

Japanese flag iconTUESDAY, February 18th, 7:00PM 

Evening of Traditional Japanese Performances: Rakugo (comedic storytelling) and Kamikiri (paper cutting)

Welcome: Madeline Henry, SLC 
Demonstration: Kazumi Hatasa, SLC  
Short Rakugo: JPNS 402 Students 
Rakugo: Ryūtei Saryū 
Kamikiri: Hayashiya Niraku 
Rakugo: Ryūtei Saryū 
All performances will be in Japanese with English subtitles projected by powerpoint slides.
Location: Purdue University
Fee: Free 
Click here for more information 

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, February 18th, 7:30PM 

A Concert Tour of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Musikschule Leipzig Concert

The Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Music School Leipzig „Johann Sebastian Bach“ under the direction of Ron-Dirk Entleutner visits the US for a ten day concert tour. The trip's motto is “Make Music – Make Friends”.
Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

 WENDESDAY, February 19th, 3-5PM

Unveiling the Mysteries of the Universe 

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago will present a talk by UIC professor of physics, Nikos Varelas, “Unveiling the Mysteries of the Universe. 
Location: UIC Daley Library, 1-470, Chicago
Fee: Free, to register call 312.996.2291
Click here for more information

ñ WEDNESDAY, February 19th, 8:00PM

Chicago Flamenco

The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Instituto Cervantes present Chicago Flamenco as part of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2014. Chicago Flamenco traces the history of the Flamenco music and dance scene in Chicago recognizing the founders and pillars of the local community and featuring live performances from top Chicago performers.
Join us for an evening of passionate music and dance!
Location: Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall – Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
Fee: Free, $10 Suggested Donation
Click here for more information 

Italian flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY, February 21st, and SATURDAY, February 22nd, 7:00PM

Noise in the Waters, written and directed by Marco Martinelli

Noise In The Waters (Rumore di acque) is a monologue with live music that brings to life the human stories of African migration across the Mediterranean Sea into Italy. The speaker is an absurd military bureaucrat who has gone insane tallying the names and numbers of the thousands who have died at sea. He relives the tragedies of individual victims as he applies defensive cynicism and stereotypes to shield himself from his own responsibility in the ongoing disaster.
LocationLinks Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago
Fee: General Admission $20, Friends of the Institute $15 (discount code ISTITUTO), Students/Seniors $10
Click here for more information 

French flag iconSATURDAY, February 22nd, 1:30-4:00PM

Family Ciné Workshop: Les contes de la nuit by Michel Ocelot 

A girl, a boy and an old projectionnist meet every night in a little movie theater to tell each other stories...

From comedy to poetry, drama to documentary, come and join us to dream, laugh and learn with these three French movies, followed by an activity and a “goûter” (snack): have fun and learn!
Location: 810 North Dearborn Street
Fee: $10 for 1 movie, $25 for series of 3; register for this event here
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



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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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