Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Check out the new Department of Germanic Studies video--students explain why they enjoy their German classes! Click here to see the video: German at UIC. LCLC has also created videos for French, Spanish, TESOL, Slavic, and Italian. If you'd like to create or update a video to promote your program, contact LCLC!

Workshops this week in UH and GH: Quizzes on Blackboard. Blackboard quizzes may be machine-graded (multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, hotspots) or open-ended. Either way, students who do them before class come to class better prepared. They are easy to create, and we'll help you! Monday from 11am-12pm in GH 304 and Tuesday from 11am-1pm in UH 1750. 

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area, including Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger film showing, a lecture about the history of Paris, a workshop on Chinese painting, 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.  Note our new Ukrainian Conversation Club, see LCLC calendar for meeting times.

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 14th - April 18th

Blackboard quizzes

Monday 4/14

GH 304

Blackboard quizzes

Tuesday 4/18

UH 1750


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 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.

Next Week's Films 

French flag iconMONDAY, April 21st, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011) 

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 22nd, 3:00-5:30PM

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Go for Zucker (Dani Levy, 2005)

A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked for years and to meet all his other family members. But during the preparations for the funeral he plays a snooker-cup for paying his debts with the money for the victory, and many other things mixes up.

FRIDAY, April 25th, 10:00-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIE: Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005)

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, April 25th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Korczak (Andrzej Wajda, 1990)

Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, known also as Janusz Korczak, is a man of high principles. He is unafraid of shouting at German officers and frequently has to be persuaded to save his own life. His orphanage, set up in a cramped school in the Warsaw ghetto, provides shelter to 200 homeless kids. Putting his experimental educational methods into practice, he installs a kind of children's self-government, whose justice is in a big contrast to what is happening in the outside world. Right in front of the school, dozens of kids are dying or being killed everyday and their naked bodies lie on the street unattended. Ghetto's mayor assures Korczak that the orphanages will be saved. Korczak raises food and money for the orphanage from the rich Jews. In the final roundup he refuses to accept a Swiss passport and boards the train to Treblinka with his orphans.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 25th, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: The Italian ((Andrey Kravchuk, 2005) 

Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.

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.
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Japanese flag iconMONDAY, April 21st, 5:00PM

Haruki Murakami and the Question of Uneven Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan, lecture held by Jun'ichi Isomae

This lecture will focus on rethinking the relation of “plurality” (Hanna Arendt) with “exclusion” and “violence” (Giorgio Agamben), with a focus on Haruki Murakami’s recent novels Tasaki Tsukuru and the Year of His Pilgrimage and 1Q84 in order to trace his thoughts on how to locate “unevenness” in liberal democracy, especially its ambivalent nature in which both diversity and discrimination are implicated.
Jun’ichi Isomae’s research specializes in religious discourse and practice in Japan in terms of colonialism and postcoloniality. He also focuses on Japanese mythology, from antiquity to modern interpretations. He has an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Tokyo and is currently a Visiting Professor at the East Asian Institute, University of Zurich.
Fee: Free and open to the public; reception to follow
Location: Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Room, 1025 E 58th St
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Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 22nd, 6:00PM

Film Screening: The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975)
The Passenger is one of those movies that is all about the vision of the director, in this case, screen legend Michelangelo Antonioni. Starring none other than Jack Nicholson, and featuring a plot billed as an international romantic thriller, The Passenger defies expectations by turning the genre on its head, making the characters and the story secondary to theme and tone.
London-based Journalist David Locke (Nicholson) is working in North Africa when a fellow traveler by the name of David Robertson, who looks remarkably like him, happens to die suddenly. Burned out and depleted, Locke decides to assume the dead man’s identity, drops everything, and starts again as a new man with a new life. With no idea of who Robertson was or what he did for a living, Locke uses Robertson’s datebook as a guide as he travels through Europe and Africa, takes meetings with people he finds out are gun runners, and ends up falling for a beautiful young woman (Maria Schneider). As Robertson, David Locke thinks he has found an exhilirating new freedom, but the fact is he's in over his head: there are people looking for him and his life could be in danger.
Light refreshments will be offered.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
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German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, April 24th, 6:00PM

Kazuo Ohno: Just Visiting This Planet (German with English Subtitles)

This documentary is about Kazuo Ohno, the legendary Butoh dancer. He was 98 years-old during the filming of this movie, which is dedicated to the "old horse with a young heart." Kazuo Ohno, inspired by German Ausdruckstanz and the dancer La Argentinia, started Butoh at the end of the fifties. He saw it as an expression of “thankfulness for a purity of life” and a protest against the beginning Americanization of Japan after WWII. His dance is lighthearted and full of joy, and at the same time shows us the deepest darkness. Butoh means “Step into the dark”.
Kazuo Ohno, (born in 1906, died in 2010), was a Japanese dancer and the founder and inspirational figure of dance butoh. He is also the author of numerous books on the dance style. Ohno himself said about his work: “The best thing anyone has ever said about my performances is that he had to cry. It is not important that people understand what I do, maybe it's even better if they don´t, but only respond to my dancing."
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut, Suite 200, 150 N. Michigan Ave.
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, April 27th, 3:00PM

Five Elements Project: Water

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. In honor of such an occasion, the Chinese Fine Arts Society presents the Five Elements Project. The five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth are used in Chinese philosophy, art, and science to describe natural phenomena. Inspired by our late founder Barbara Tiao, who many considered to be a “force of nature,” the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s Five Elements Project is a yearlong celebration of concerts, lectures, and events inspired by these elements. This ancient concept provides a rich platform to broaden knowledge of Chinese culture and pave the way for further exploration of our 5000 year old artistic heritage.
Fee: $5 for students, $10 for regular admission
Location: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th 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


French flag iconFrench
Thurs, 12 - 1 PM

ñ Spanish
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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