Paris, France. Photo by Heather Sabina.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome back! We are looking forward to a delicious and studious Fall semester (see photo).

We are planning a series of hands-on workshops and drop-in sessions in University Hall and in GH304. Please contact us at to schedule individual appointments for questions you have about blogs, wikis, discussion boards, voiceboards, Blackboard grade center, UIC WordPress...and more. We look forward to working with you this semester to help you find and use technology that works the best for you and your students.

Please forward the Film and Conversation Club information to your students. Most gatherings have free coffee and tea, provided by the School.

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area, and if you know of an event you think would fit, please send it to us by 9 am on Friday mornings and we'll include it in our Monday newsletter.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

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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.

There will be no films screened during the first week of the instruction.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, September 2nd, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The French Minister (2013)

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. 

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

POLISH FILM SERIES: Interrogation (1989)

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Cultural Events in the City

Japanese flag iconWEDNESDAY, August 27th, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Large-Scale Calligraphy Demonstration and Hands-on Workshop

At the Hands-on workshop, you can try your hand at writing Japanese Characters or English with a brush and ink under Ms. Chiba’s direction.Your writing will also serve as a souvenir, which you can take home after the event.
Location: Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, 737 N. Michigan Ave., #1000
Fee: N/A
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Polish flag iconFRIDAY, August 29th - September 1st

The Taste of Polonia 

Five stages with LIVE MUSIC and thirty six bands for every taste: rock, pop, jazz, dance, polka, world music, etc. Delicious varieties of Polish food favorites and traditional menus. MORE FUN: Casino, arcade games, free cooking classes, a Kids Stage & activities, plus a Festival Marketplace where you can shop for old-world (& new world) treasures!
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
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French flag iconSATURDAY, August 30th, 11:00PM - 2:00PM

Lunch Hour Music with Ashleigh Ashton

At 18 years old, singer/songwriter Ashley Ashton has won the Chicago Independent Music Award's 2014 Pop Artist of the Year Award. Ashleigh shares the stage with her older sister on keyboards and her younger sister on guitar. Together, the girls share a natural sibling harmony and love of music.
Location: French market, 131 North Clinton, Chicago
Fee: N/A
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ñSUNDAY, August 31st, 6:00PM

Chicago Jazz Festival

Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon has his feet in two stylistic worlds: modern jazz and the traditional sounds of his native Puerto Rico – not just boleros, ballads and other popular forms, but also rural styles dating back to the 1800's and the folkloric plena sound of the early 20th century. In combining present and past, traditional and modern, some artists settle for a facile hybrid style. This practicing musicologist, for whom music is a mission as much as an artistic undertaking, will have your contemplating culture even as his music lifts you to your feet.
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St, Chicago
Fee: Free admission
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German flag image, icon sizeOngoing until FRIDAY, February 20th, 2015

Joseph Beuys, Untitled (Sun State), 1974- A Blackboard by Joseph Beuys, Exhibition

Famed founder of “Social Sculpture,” artist Joseph Beuys, made his first trip to the US in 1974, its purpose to advocate his concept for a Free International University—education for all. The School of the Art Institute was one of three stops—and his favorite—for the energy and exchange he found there. The resulting chalkboard artwork created by Beuys during his lecture-performance in Chicago, Untitled (Sun State), will return on the 40th anniversary of Beuys's historic trip.
Location: The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 E. Monroe St., Gallery 294 (second floor)
Fee: N/A
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, September 2nd

Brückenschlagen! Building Bridges, An Open Air Exhibition

The open air Exhibition “Brückenschlagen! Building Bridges” on Two North Riverside Plaza shows 24 historic and contemporary photographies of bridges in Chicago and Hamburg. Bridges are of enormous importance for both cities’ economy and trade.The open Air Exhibition is presented by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Two North Riverside Plaza, Museum der Arbeit Hamburg, the Archive of the Hamburg Hochbahn AG, State Archive Hamburg, Foundation Germanic Technic Museum Berlin, Aufwind Luftbilder (Holger Weitzel) and photographers Ron Gordon, Tom Palazzolo, Marcia Papazzolo and Damon Shell (photographer and curator).
Location: Two North Riverside Plaza, Chicago
Fee: N/A
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ñWEDNESDAY, September 3rd, 7:00PM

Sones de México 20 Year Anniversary!

The twice GRAMMY™ nominated ensemble will be joined by many past and current collaborators drawn from Chicago’s diverse community of musicians and dancers.
Founding member and Musical Director Victor Pichardo, who is on sabbatical in Mexico, is writing the arrangements for the concert and will return to Chicago to perform in it. All past members of the group are also expected to perform during the evening, including founding members René Cardoza and Raul Fernández.
Sones de México has invited many of their past and current collaborators to participate in the concert as guest musicians and dancers.
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St, Chicago
Fee: Free admission
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


Chinese flag image, icon size Chinese
Mon, 1 - 2 PM

Polish flag icon Polish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM


ñ Spanish
Tue, 1 - 2 PM


German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM


Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

ñ Ukrainian
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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