Otranto, Italy, photo by Elizabeth Weber


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your free time during the break.

This week LCLC team will show you super easy options for building a website for your class. Google Sites and Weebly are both ways to easily build (or have your students build) a free website--no technical expertise needed! Join us this Wednesday from 11-12pm UH 1750 and Friday from 11-1pm in GH 304. We'll also show you how to embed files, blogs, maps and many other features by just dragging and dropping to your web site. More about Google sites/Weebly here.

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area. This week Gene Siskel Film Center is hosting 17th Annual European Union Film Festival and The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival. We highly recommend you visit these festivals and see a Pier Paolo Pasolini's and Pedro Almodóvar's movie.

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 lclc@uic.edu.

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LCLC Workshops

Week of March 31st - April 4th

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Wednesday 4/2

UH 1750

Super easy websites for your class  

Wednesday 4/4

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, March 31st, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Since Otar Left (Julie Bertuccelli, 2003)

The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her mother, changing the course of their lives forever.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 1st, 3:00-5:30PM 

GERMAN FILM CLUB: The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

THURSDAY, April 3rd, 2:00PM-4:00PM


FRIDAY, April 4th, 10:00-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIE: Four Women of Egypt (Tahani Rached, 1997) 

This documentary revolves around four female friends from Egypt with opposing religious, social, and political views in modern-day Egypt. The film was highly acclaimed and won several awards in documentary film festivals.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, April 4th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: A Trip Down the River (Marek Piwowski, 1970)

A stowaway sneaks aboard a ship departing on a cruise down the Vistula River. The captain takes him for a Communist Party cultural coordinator and the intruder gladly adapts to his new role, immediately setting to work at manipulating the passengers and crew into silly and vaguely humiliating games. Before long, Tym has got everyone under his thumb and created his own comedic dictatorship.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 4th, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Luna Park (Pavel Lungin, 1992)

Andrei is the head of a gang of antisemitic skinheads clinging to the old communist ideals in post-Communist Moscow. When he learns that his long lost father actually is a Jewish bohemian living in Moscow, rather than an Afghanistan war hero, he traces him down in order to kill him. But the intriguing father and his "reactionary" lifstyle soon fascinates Andrei which leads to a clash with his gang.

Next Week's Films 

French flag iconMONDAY, April 7th, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Bride Wore Black (François Truffaut, 1968)

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 8th, 3:00-5:30PM 

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Thomas Jahn, 1997)

Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a 1997 German criminal comedy, by Thomas Jahn, starring Til Schweiger, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jan Josef Liefers and Rutger Hauer. Its name derives from the Bob Dylan song which is also on the film's soundtrack.

FRIDAY, April 11th, 10:00-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIE: Youcef (Mohamed Chouikh, 1994)

The conflict between the adherents of the new anti-modern version of Islam which is sometimes called "fundamentalist" and everyone else is the theme of this drama. In the story, Youcef (Mohamed Ali Allalou) fought valiantly against the French in the 1950s on behalf of Algerian independence. During the fighting, he received a head wound which left him amnesiac, and he has been in an asylum ever since. Somehow he regains his memory and surveys the present scene in his country. He perceives the  fundamentalists to be every bit as great a threat to the freedoms he fought for as the French ever were, and enters into the fray against them. That the conflict in Algeria is real and bloody is witnessed by the dedication of this film to two men who were recently assassinated for their anti-fundamentalist convictions.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, April 11th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)

Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 11th, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Land of Deaf (Valeriy Todorovskiy, 1998)

The Land of Deaf is a 1998 Russian crime film directed by Valery Todorovsky, loosely based on the Renata Litvinova's novel To Own and Belong. The film set in a fictional underworld of deaf-mute people in Moscow. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.

Culture Events in the City

French flag iconTUESDAY, April 1st, 6:00PM

Mr. Freedom 1969, William Klein, France, 95 min. With John Abbey, Delphine Seyrig

Called "conceivably the most anti-American movie ever made" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader), this high-Pop political cartoon by expatriate photographer Klein centers on an all-American superhero (Abbey) who is sent to France to prevent a communist takeover. The cast includes Donald Pleasance, Serge Gainsbourg, Philippe Noiret, Yves Montand, and Sami Frey as Jesus Christ. In English and French with English subtitles. (MR).
Fee: $11, members $6
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Click here for more information 

Italian flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, April 2nd, 8:00PM

17th Annual European Union Film Festival: Those Happy Years

Director Luchetti’s 1960s-set MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD (2007) won acclaim for its deft integration of political history and family drama. Set in the 1970s, this autobiographical story is seen through the eyes (and sometimes the home-movie camera) of Luchetti’s boyhood alter-ego Dario, an aspiring filmmaker, but the focus is on his parents. His father Guido (Stuart) is a self-important but mediocre avant-garde artist whose dalliances with his models test the patience of his devoted wife Serena (Ramazzotti). The film’s high point is a disastrous performance-art opening in Milan, which galvanizes Serena to embark on her own road to self-realization, beginning with a trip to a feminist retreat with Guido’s lesbian art-dealer (Martina Gedeck). In Italian with English subtitles.
Fee: $11, members $6
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Click here for more information 

Japanese flag iconTHURSDAY, April 3rd, 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Japan Student Network Forum: “A Look into the Future - Global Chicago, Global Me” 

Meet the Japanese and American University and Business Community in Chicago! Come join visiting Japanese students, faculty, students with an interest in Japan, Society members, and members of the business community, for an evening of networking and friendship.
Featuring a presentation by: Steve Kozik, General Manager, Omron Management Center of America
Enjoy open bar and appetizers!
Fee: $10 students & faculty (pre-registration received prior to April 3), $15 students & faculty (payment at door) / $20 JASC Members/ $25 Non-members
Location: Floating World Gallery, 1925 N Halsted St, Chicago
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ñ SUNDAY, April 6th, 3:00PM

All about my mother (Todo sobre mi madre) 1999, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 102 min. With Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz

A love letter to the women’s films of the 1940s and 1950s, to acting, and to his mother, the Oscar-winning ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER marked a turning point in Pedro Almodóvar’s career. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) sees her only son die on his seventeenth birthday as he goes after the autograph of actress Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes). Manuela travels to Barcelona in search of the boy’s father, a transvestite named Lola, and meets Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a young nun left pregnant and with HIV by Lola. Featuring one of the best ensembles in Almodóvar’s work, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER also looks forward to the more daring, mature work that would come from this master of world cinema. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (CLFF)
Fee: $11, members $6
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

WENDESDAY, April 9th, 6:00PM

Lecture, “The Archaeology of Democracy: Excavations in the Athenian Agora,” presented by John Camp II. 

Fee: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors. Students, faculty, and Museum members are free.
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street
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French flag iconTHURSDAY, April 10th, 6:30PM

How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of a Modern City with author and historian Joan DeJean
In English

Today, Paris is a city of light and romance, full of broad avenues, picturesque bridges and countless tourists visiting to soak in its charms. But the French capital wasn't always a stylish destination, says historian Joan DeJean. She's written about all things French and fashionable, from the birth of luxury goods to the rise of the celebrity hair stylist (which began during the terribly chic reign of Louis XIV).
In her new book, How Paris Became Paris, DeJean starts with a look at the dismal condition of Paris in the late 1500s when wolves roamed freely in the streets of largely empty city and goes on to tell us what was so new about the Pont Neuf, why public flirtation became a new trend and how Paris changed the nature of tourism.
Followed by a cocktail and book sale and signing session with the author.
Joan DeJean is Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of ten books on French literature, history, and material culture, including most recently The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual and the Modern Home Began and The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, on the street where the number 4 bus began service on July 5, 1662.
Fee: Free; for reservation information call (312) 337-1070
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, April 12th, 5:45PM

Hawks and sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)1966, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 89 min. With Totò, Ninetto Davoli

Pasolini’s fascination with the conflicting agendas of Christianity and Marxism is at the heartof this audacious comic parable which the director named as his favorite of his films. A father (the great comic actor Totò) and son (Davoli) are walking on the outskirts of Rome when they are accosted by a talking raven who espouses left-wing politics. He whisks them back to the time of St. Francis, where they appear as monks entrusted with the task of converting the birds to Christianity. Upon their return to modern times, they find a more practical use for the loquacious blackbird.
In Italian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
Fee: $11, members $6
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
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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, 12 - 1 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

As always, please email us at lclc@uic.edu if you have any questions!

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