Madrid, Spain, photo by Elizabeth Weber


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

This week LCLC team will show you what GIS maps are and how you can use them to engage students in collaborative class projects. Join us this Monday from 11am-1pm in UH 1750 and Tuesday from 2-3pm in GH 304. 

We are also happy to invite you to join a new conversation club, Ukranian Conversation Club, starting this week - Thursday, April 10th at 2PM.

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area, including a lecture about the history of Paris, a workshop on Chinese painting, Orquesta Aragón concert, and many more.

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 April 7th - April 11th

GIS maps

Monday 4/7

UH 1750

GIS maps

Tuesday 4/8

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, 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.

Next Week's Films 

French flag iconMONDAY, April 14th, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995) 

After local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.

THURSDAY, April 17th, 2:00PM-4:00PM


FRIDAY, April 18th, 10:00-12:00PM

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

Inspired by the legend of the seven sleepers, Youcef tells the story of a soldier wounded in the head in 1960 and who escapes from a psychiatric hospital. He is convinced that he is still a prisoner of the French army.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, April 18th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Zulawski, 1988)

A group of astronauts leaves Earth to find freedom, and their spaceship crashes on an unnamed Earth-like planet. The astronauts, equipped with video-recorders, reach a seashore, where they build a village. After many years, only one member of the crew, Jerzy, is still alive, watching the growth of a new society, whose religion is based on mythical tales of an expedition from the Earth. The first off-Earth generation calls him the "Old Man", treating him as a demi-God. The Old Man leaves them and before his death sends his video diary back to Earth in a rocket.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 18th, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Vanished Empire (Karen Shakhnazarov, Sergey Simagin, Alla Verlotsky, 2008)

The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and face their first disappointments and victories. While busy with personal lives and loves, they miss foreseeing that the country in which they were born and live will soon disappear from the map.

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

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. 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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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, April 12th, 2:00PM

Workshop: Seals 

Seals are essential components in a traditional Chinese painting, and seal master Mr. Zhong Ji Huang will share the skills of producing a seal. Students will learn how to carve a basic pattern on a potato, a simulation of carving a stone seal.
Fee: $12, $8 for members, students and seniors. Reservation by email to
Location: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, 238 W 23rd Street
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, April 12th, 5:45PM

Hawks and sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966, with Totò, Ninetto Davoli)

Pasolini’s fascination with the conflicting agendas of Christianity and Marxism is at the heart of 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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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconTUESDAY, April 15th through Sunday, June 15th

Exposition Camus: A digital, multimedia & multilingual exhibition

Explore the life and work of French author Albert Camus on our school hall walls from April 15 to June 15, 2014. Use your smart phone to find out more, in one of the 8 languages available … or just sit down, relax, and enjoy with a café!
Walk-ins welcome!
Fee: Free 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
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Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 15th, 6:00PM

Film Screening: Balancing Act (Ivano De Matteo, 2012)

When husband and father of two Giulio (Valerio Mastandrea) upsets his comfortable life by having an affair, his wife Elena (Barbora Bobulova, The Ages of Love) cannot forgive him. Taking full responsibility, Giulio decides to move out, promising that he will continue to support the family financially despite his meagre monthly salary. 
The beautifully written screenplay is realistic, relevant and also very touching, with the stoic and sympathetic character of Giulo at its heart. Valerio Mastandrea's outstanding performance in this film won him the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival and it is widely hailed as the best of his career.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450
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Japanese flag iconTHURSDAY, April 17th, 8:15PM

19th Annual Asian American Showcase: A Picture of you (J.P. Chan, 2013)

A death in the family reunites estranged siblings for a cathartic adventure that is part melodrama and part dark comedy. Hyper-critical Jen and glumly placating Kyle begin the job of dissembling their mother’s lake house with the help of two friends when a discovery among mom’s things sends them reeling with shock and sets off a hastily-conceived search for clues to the missing chapter in her life and the missing sense of family in their own lives. DCP digital. (BS)
Director J.P. Chan and actress Jo Mei will be present for audience discussion
Fee: members $6, $11 all others
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
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ñFRIDAY, April 18th, 7:30PM

Live Cuban Music: Orquesta Aragón

Orquesta Aragón’s extraordinary adventure started on September 30, 1939, when double-bass player Orestes Aragón Cantero brought his small charanga group to Cienfuegos, the third largest town in Cuba, for their debut. The formation was comprised of three violins, piano, flute, percussion and one singer. Orquesta Aragón would later expand into a 12-piece group, and go on to become one of Cuba’s most treasured cultural entities.
Fee: $30 adv., $35 day of show, $40 reserved seating
Location: Mayne Stage,1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago 
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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


French flag iconFrench
Thurs, 12 - 1 PM

ñ Spanish
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

ñ Ukraine
Thurs, 2 - 4 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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