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 Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Need some quick help with a tech problem?  Come to our Drop-In Sessions in 1750 UH:  Mondays, 10-12, Wednesdays 2-4. Drop-in sessions start today, Monday, September 15.

This Wednesday we welcome a new conversation club series - Japanese for beginners. It will take place every Wednesday from 4:00PM-5:00PM. Come and join us in practicing Japanese (more advanced speakers will enjoy the Japanese Conversation Hour, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00PM). 

Your photos --keep sending them! We will include them in our newsletter, on our slideshow in Grant Hall, and on the Language and Culture Learning Center website. Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Russia, Germany,Lithuania, Greece, Spain, France, Japan, Austria, Colombia, Italy, Algeria, China, Argentina...and more! Send your photos of any country or region whose language / culture we teach in the LSCL to (5 photos maximum). Include your full name and the city and country where the photo was taken.

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.

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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.

This Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, September 16th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Thérèse (2012)

Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 2012 French drama film directed by Claude Miller. It is an adaption of the François Mauriac novel of the same name, first published in 1927. The last work of Claude Miller, who died in April 2012, this film closed the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, September 19th, 1:00-3:00PM


Eroica (released in some territories as Heroism) is a 1958 film by Andrzej Munk. It is composed of two separate stories, each featuring the Polish concept of heroism and a role of a hero. A third segment, Con Bravura, utilizing Polish romantic legend and different in spirit from the first two segments, was meant as the final part of the original film but although completed, was ultimately cut by Munk from the final version. It premiered on Polish Television in 1972 and depicts wartime couriers crossing the Tatra Mountains.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, September 19th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Dersu Uzala (1975)

Dersu Uzala  is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film is based on the 1923 memoir Dersu Uzala (which took his name by the native trapper) by Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev, about his exploration of the Sikhote-Alin region of the Russian Far East over the course of multiple expeditions in the early 20th century.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, September 23rd, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Club Holy Motors (2012)

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest?

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, September 26th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM SERIES: The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)

Based on the early 19th century novel by Polish author Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant, sexy and extraordinarily imaginative film. Starring the celebrated Zbigniew Cybulski ( Ashes and Diamonds), the film is ostensibly set at the end of the Napoleonic War. During the heat of battle, Belgian officer Alphonse van Worden (Cybulski) stumbles across an ancient manuscript. As he reads, a labyrinth of stories unfolds and takes the audience on a teasingly twisted trail through time and space. Erotic and supernatural.Critics frequently cite the film as one of the great masterpieces of Black and White Cinemascope cinematography.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, September 26th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Generation P (2011)

Generation P is an award-winning independent Russian film, written and directed by Victor Ginzburg and based on Victor Pelevin’s iconic 1999 novel of the same name.

Cultural Events in the City

japanese_flag_smallMONDAY, September 15th, 8:00PM

Welcome to the space show (Ucho sho e yokoso) 2010, Koji Masunari and Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 136 min.

A touch of steampunk, a huge helping of sensory overload, and a witty space alien in the guise of a talking dog make this extravaganza a one-of-a-kind anime experience. Five kids at camp mistake a visitor from another planet for an injured pet and get whisked away to the Moon, where unimaginable delights, fantastical creatures, bizarre customs, and a unique intergalactic reality show await. In English on Sunday (HDCAM video), and in Japanese with English subtitles on Monday and Wednesday.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center
Fee: Free
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ñTUESDAY, September 16th, 7:00PM

World Music Festival

A mambo big-band like you’ve never experienced, bandleader Sergio Mendoza helms one of the most exciting latin music bands operating today. He and his orchestra – which can stretch to 19 pieces – bring a fevered energy and vital approach to classic mambo and cumbia sounds.
Location: Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago
Fee: Free
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German flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, September 17th through Saturday, September 20th, 7:30PM

Birgit Ulher - Traces

A site-specific sound installation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sister cities Chicago and Hamburg
Traces (for trumpet, radio, speaker, objects and tape feeds) takes its origin from environmental measurements of the Chicago and Elbe rivers. 
Location:171 N. Dearborn in Couch Alley Place, Chicago
Fee: Free
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French flag iconTHURSDAY, September 18th, 5:40PM

The British Invasion, the Birth and Rebirth of French Haute Couture with Nena Ivon

In the first week of this three-part series presented by Nena Ivon of Columbia College Chicago. She explains the role of Charles Frederick Worth, the Father of French Haute Couture.
Location:54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $150 Lecture Series Ticket; $55 Lecture Single Ticket
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Polish flag iconSATURDAY, September 20th, 7:00PM

MozArt Group & Krosny

The musicians of the MozART group have been playing together since 1995. They have given concerts in all of Europe, Canada, the U.S.A and Asia. The quartet also performances with colleagues around the world including shows with the mime Irek Krosny or the multitalent Bobby McFerrin.
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 
Fee: $60, $55, $50, $45
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 Next Week's Culture Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeMONDAY, September 22nd, 8:00PM

Organist Eva-Maria Houben in concert

Germany’s Eva-Maria Houben (born 1955), one of the leading figures in the increasingly influential Wandelweiser Group, is both a formidable pianist and organist and a dynamic, prolific composer. 
Location:Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Fee: Free
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French flag iconTUESDAY, September 23rd, 9:00AM- 8:00PM

Special Program : Isabelle Huppert à l'Alliance; Ciné–exposition

She has made close to a hundred movies, won the best actress prize at Cannes twice and has worked with Chabrol, Tavernier, Hanneke and Claire Denis in roles so diverse that she has been called l’actrice caméléon ; no wonder Isabelle Huppert is the 50th Chicago International Film Festival guest of honor. Come and discover the many faces of the French actress in an exclusive exhibition of the star at 60 seen through the lenses of 17 famous photographers.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Fee: Free
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japanese_flag_smallFRIDAY, September 26th, 6:00PM

English Rakugo Performance

Experience Rakugo- the traditional Japanese comedy in which a single storyteller uses their voice, a paper fan and a small cloth to tell a humorous tale.
Noted rakugo artist Sanyutei Ryuraku has performed in several languages in over 100 performances, many in Europe, and on Japanese television.
Location: Fifth Third Bank Auditorium, 32nd floor, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago
Fee: $20; students: $10; children: $12.
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ñSATURDAY, September 27th, 11:00AM

2nd Annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair

100 Chicago-based artists with original works in painting, photography, printing, illustration, pottery, mixed media, hand-made jewelry, paper arts, and mask making. 2 stages of live music featuring El Payo y La Tiranta (Flamenco)
Location:1040-1190 West Granville Avenue, Chicago.
Fee: $5 suggested donation
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, September 27th, 10:00AM- 11:00AM

Chinatown Herbalist Waling Tour

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM originated in ancient China more than 2,000 thousand years ago. During this walking tour through Chinatown, you will learn about the history and philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine and the theory of “Yin-Yang”. 
Location: Chinatown Square, 2133 S China Pl Chicago, IL 60616
Fee: $25 
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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


Russian flag iconRussian
Tue, 12 - 1 PM

ñ Spanish
Tue, 1 - 2 PM

Tue, 4 - 5 PM


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

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

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

japanese_flag_smallJapanese for beginners
Wed, 4 - 5 PM


Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

ñ Ukrainian
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM


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