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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

We realize that many of our faculty and instructors were on strike last week and missed the workshops on free storage, so we are having the same workshops again this week. This Wednesday and Thursday, come learn how to use free UIC Cloud Storage. Interested in collaborating --or having your students collaborate-- on a writing project, sharing documents, videos, photos, spreadsheets? Come to our workshops in UH and GH and see what UIC Box and Google Drive can do for you and your students.

We are happy to welcome a new conversation club, German Club Meeting, Mondays at 1PM. Coming soon: Advanced Spanish Conversation! (Date and time TBA).

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area this week!

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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Week of February 24th - 28th  

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Wednesday 2/26

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Wednesday 3/5

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Friday 3/7

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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 24th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Girl on the Train (André Téchiné, 2009)

A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, February 25th, 3:00-5:30PM

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Gigantics (Sebastian Schipper, 1999)

In the port town of Hamburg, Germany, Floyd decides that he's shipping out to South Africa and Singapore now that his two-year probation for an unspecified juvenile offense has been completed.

FRIDAYFebruary 28th, 10:00AM-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIES: The Iron Gate (Youssef Chahine, 1958)

Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. While she treats Kinawi in a sympathetic way and jokes with him about a possible relationship, She is actually in love with Abu Sri', a strong and respected porter at the station who is struggling to unionize his fellow workers to combat their boss' exploitative and abusive treatment.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, February 28th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975)

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.

Next Week's Films

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

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat, 2009) 

An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard.

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

 REEL ARAB FILM SERIES: The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)

The Battle of Algiers (Italian: La battaglia di Algeri; Arabic: معركة الجزائر‎; French: La Bataille d'Alger) is a 1966 war film without a plot line based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against The French Government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. An Italo-Algerian production, it was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and shot on location. The film, which was shot in a Rosselini-inspired newsreel style - in black and white with documentary-type editing - is often associated with italian neorealism cinema.

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

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Silent Souls (Aleksey Fedorchenko, 2010)

Present days. A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the dead body of the former beloved wife, on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon.

Culture Events in the City

ñMONDAY, February 24th, 6:00PM

Chicago Flamenco Festival 2014: Huelva Flamenca (2008), documentary by Benoît Bodlet and Chechu G.Berlanga

When asked how the documentary based on his career should be titled, Miguel Vega Cruz did not think twice: "The Shadow of the Strings" was his answer. El Niño Miguel has never stopped playing the guitar since his first concert took place when he was 7 years old, turning himself into the shadow of his guitar. Nowadays and due to an illness matter, he continues playing but this time busking on the streets of his hometown Huelva (Spain). This documentary recovers his life, music and thoughts, pieces of an alive legend, a myth which revolutionised Flamenco with only two albums in the market and left us an indispensable and eternal work, a professor whose lecture continues...
Join a director Chechu Berlanga & Josh Chicoine, Co-founder, Artistic director Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, CIMMfest for a Q/A following the screening
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio
Fee: Free, $5 suggested donation 
Click here for more information 

Italian flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, February 26th, 6:00-8:00PM

The Barber of Seville - a roundtable discussion, moderated by Jesse Rosenberg

The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Silvio Marchetti is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion on Lyric Opera of Chicago's   production of "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini with Michele Mariotti, Conductor, Alessandro Corbelli, playing the role of Bartolo and Emanuele Andirizzi, Cover Conductor
Location: Italian Cultural Institute  of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
Fee: Free
Click here for more information 

German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, February 27th, 6:00PM

Crackle of Time - Christoph Schlingensief and His Opera Village in Burkina Faso

Crackle of time – Christoph Schlingensief and his Opera Village in Burkina Faso is a documentary about the development of his opera village in Burkina Faso. Despite being gravely ill, he regularly travelled to Africa to launch his most important project: an opera village in Burkina Faso, a place to unite life and art. 
Location: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

French flag iconTHURSDAY, February 27th, 6:30PM

Provence Food and Wine - The Art of Living, with authors François Millo & Viktorija Todorovska
Book signing session, Degustation & Wine

Do the words ratatouille, tapenade, rosé ring a bell? Provence, the beautiful region that sits at the scenic crossroads of southern France, the Italian Alps, and the Mediterranean, is home to some of the finest food and wine France has to offer. Come and hear Award-winning photographer and Director of Provence Wine council Francois Millo, and sommelier and cookbook author Viktorija Todorovska, who will crack the code of Provence and share its legendary Art de vivre with you!
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free; register for this event here
Click here for more information

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

ñ MONDAY, March 3rd, 6:00PM

Chicago Flamenco Festival 2014

Film screening: La sombra de las Cuerdas (Annabelle Ameline, Benoít Bodlet and Chechu García Berlanga, 2010)

This documentary narrates the life, music, and thoughts of El Niño Miguel, a living legend, a forgotten myth, who with only two albums, revolutionized the face of flamenco, and left a body of work that is both timeless and essential to the art form.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL
Fee: Free and open to the public, $5 suggested donation
Click here for more information 

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, March 4th, 6:00PM 

 Literaturlenz: Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria 
in German and English, discussion moderated by Susan Harris

Each year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago and the Consulate General of Austria in Chicago for an evening of readings in German. Each author represents a unique voice in contemporary German-language literature. In 2013 we welcome Olga Grjasnowa from Germany, Richard Weihe from Switzerland, and Maja Haderlap of Austria. The readings will be followed by a discussion in English moderated by Susan Harris, Editorial Director of Words Without Borders.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
Click here for more information 

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, March 5th, 6:30PM

Soiree Suisse: Film & Fromage/ Screening & Cheese

L'enfant d'en haut / Sister (Ursula Meier, 2012, French with English subtitles) 

“I have no parent, only Sister” says twelve-year-old Simon. Set in and around a swanky resort in the Swiss Alps, this portrait of a crafty tweenage boy who steals ski equipment to support himself, as well as his troubled older sis (played by French It girl Lea Seydoux) this new film by award-winning director is Ursula Meier, once again tackling a family on the fringes of modern Western life, is “tough, tender… visionary”. It was awarded Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival 2012. 
Post-screening talk with film critique Hank Sartin followed by Swiss cheese & wine service. 
Location: Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

Italian flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, March 5th, 8:00PM

Concert of iMusicalia, with special guest Maria Nezhdanova

iMusicalia is an award winning troupe of traditional musicians and singers from the Campania mountain region of Italy, near Naples. Led by folklorist brothers Amerigo and Marcello Ciervo, the band was formed nearly 30 years ago, has released more than 10 albums and performed all over the world. Taking root in the Italian Renaissance, their music is redolent of Italian folk melodies and even some Middle Eastern sounding elements as well.

Maria Nezhdanova or Masha, as her school friends call her, is a 13 year old girl from Sochi, Russia. She has an incredible voice full of warmth and purity, which helps her perform Russian and Ukrainian Folk songs masterfully. She manages to create a vivid image of every song she performs with her picturesque costumes, her manner of singing and folk dance.
Location4544 N Lincoln Ave, Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
Fee: Free, suggested donation $10; click here to reserve tickets
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Polish flag icon SUNDAY, March 9th, 4:00PM

Film Screening: Czwarta Dzielnica/The Fourth Partition 

Join us for a special documentary screening, and participate in a post-screening discussion with the director, producer and project contributors. Enjoy a musical performance by Mirek Miyo Mardosz and Andrzej Krzeptowski-Bohac. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served!
At the Dawn of the 20th century, Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. Their story is known as the "Fourth Partition".
Location: The Polish Museum of America, Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall
Fee: $10 Students, $25 General
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Exitibit: The Street is My Gallery

Ongoing exhibit, since January 30th, on the street artwork movement sweeping Greece as a result of the political and social crisis happening. The large Calamos Hall features many works of art from 6 prominent street artists in Greece as well individual works from many others. There are life size replicas, original artwork and educational programming integrating Chicago street art as expression.
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661
Fee: Free for members, $8 Students and Seniors, $10 Adults 
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
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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
Mon, 1 - 2 PM


Tue, 2 - 3 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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