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!

LCLC is delighted to invite you to the Chicago Language Symposium 2014, co-sponsored by the LCLC, April 25-26, at the University of Chicago. Keynote speaker: Fernando Rubio, University of Utah (Friday). The rich variety of Saturday's talks about language and culture learning and teaching includes a presentation by Chiara Fabbian and Emanuela Carney (Italian, HIP): "Writing across the Italian Language and Culture Curriculum: Practices and Products of a Top-Down Approach." Clara Burgo (DePaul, Ph.D. UIC HIP!) also presents on Saturday: "Intercambio: A Language Exchange Service Learning Opportunity for Intermediate Spanish Courses." For the full schedule, click here.

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 12pm-1pm 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 showing, a lecture about the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the exibition Galería Sin Fronteras, 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 4/21

GH 304

Blackboard quizzes

Friday 4/25

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 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 sizeMONDAY, April 21st, 4:00-5:30PM

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.

Next Week's Films 

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

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981) 

Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

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
Click here for more information

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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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 30th, 6:30PM

Current Affairs: From the Eastern Question to the Middle East

A lecture on contemporary France looking into the many dimensions of the East-West relationship with the most eminent scholar on the Arab World in France today.

Trained as an historian, Henry Laurens is the author of several reference works, including a history of modern Palestine, La Question de la Palestine. He is Professor and Chair of History of the Contemporary Arab World at the Collège de France in Paris. He will be in conversation with Nabeel Khoury, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Fee: Free
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
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German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, May 1st, 6:30PM

Let’s Talk About Germany: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Join German historian Anette Isaacs, as she presents a historical and political overview of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. It has been almost 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – an insurmountable icon of the Cold War.
With its rise on August 13th the course of German history, and especially Berlin history, took an inconceivable turn. It would take over 28 years later on November 9th, 1989 to tear down this cruel and inhuman symbol of Germany’s division, thus giving birth to yet another period in this European nation’s evolution.
Fee: FREE and open to the public. Beer and snacks available for purchase.
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue
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ñONGOING EVENT, until August 17th

Exibit: 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.
Fee: Free
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th 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

ñ Ukrainian
Tue, 4 - 5 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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