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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCLC workshops this week: Powerpoint or Prezi—which will work better for your and your students? Need to protect student privacy, or want students to produce public work? We’ll walk you through a short comparison and help you set up a presentation in either or both. Workshops are Tuesday 12-1PM and Wednesday 12-1PM, both in Grant Hall 304. Bring your syllabus and your questions!

UH 1750 Drop-in sessions:  Mondays, 10-12PM, Wednesdays 2-4PM. Stop by with short or long questions about incorporating any kind of technology into your classes. Not sure how to post documents in Blackboard? We can help with that. Interested in Storify? We can help with that, too!

SEND YOUR PHOTOS!  Send your photos of any country or region whose language / culture we teach in the LSCL to  We will include them in our newsletter, on our slideshow in Grant Hall, and on the Language and Culture Learning Center website. Russia, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Lithuania, Greece, Spain, France, Japan, Austria, Portugal, Morocco, Costa Rica, China, Peru...and more! 

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

ñTUESDAY, September 30th, 11:00-1:00PM


In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, he ultimately succumbs to her. The two later escape to a far off, secluded village where they assume new identities as husband and wife and begin running a children's school.

 French flag iconTUESDAY, September 30th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Jewish Cardinal (2013)

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger; the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants; who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age; and later joining the priesthood.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, September 30th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM SERIES: The Devil (1972)

During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow conspirators. Following his mysterious saviour across the country, Jakub sees the overall chaos and moral corruption including his father's death and his girlfriend's betrayal. 

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, September 30th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Ivan Vassilievich Changes Professions (1973)

Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, October 7th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: You will be my son (2011)

Arestrup plays Paul de Marseul, a passionate and demanding winemaker unsatisfied with the prospect of his son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking over his vineyard. He dreams of a more talented one, and finds him in the shape of Phillipe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his steward, François (Patrick Chesnais). 

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, October 10th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM SERIES: A Woman Alone (Kobieta samotna, 1981)

Irena (Maria Chwalibog) bears one burden each day as she delivers the mail and several others when she goes home to continuing penury after her divorce from an alcoholic husband. She also has the chore of caring for a dying relative, accomplished partly out of compassion and partly on the hope that she will inherit a little cash when the woman dies.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, October 10th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Hipsters (2008)

Stilyagi ("obsessed with fashion") is a 2008 Russian musical dramedy cult film, named Hipsters for its American release. The film represents a fictional transposition of an American subculture of jazz and "hipsters" into a predominantly repressed and Stalinist portrayal of Soviet society in the 1950s. 

Cultural Events in the City

japanese_flag_smallMONDAY, September 29, 6:00-7:30PM

Contemporary Works by Three Japanese Women Artists & Connections to Japan’s Modern Print Movements

Prestentation by Dr. Helen Nagata, Associate Professor of Art History, Northern Illinois University. Discussion with Dr. Nagata immediately following program at Holiday Inn Express. Limited space available.
Location: Holiday Inn Express, 2120 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Fee: $10 JASC Members/$15 Non-Members/$5 Students, $35 (Presentation & Private Dinner) 
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, October 1st, 7:00PM

1914–2014: French Chamber Music and Poetry from the War Years

L'Alliance commemorates La Grande Guerre de 1914-1918, the war to end all wars, with great musicians, unforgettable poetry, an exhibition featuring our very own archives, a lecture on the "The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism"… and much more from our partners.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
Fee: $5 student / $10 Member / $15 Non Member
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ñSATURDAY, Octobar 4th, 2:00PM

9th Latino Music Festival, From This Point Forward, Spektral String Quartet & Julien Labro (bandoneon)

The Spektral String Quartet has teamed up with accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro to uncover what came after the Tango Nuevo revolution with “From This Point Forward.”
Location: Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton Hall, 111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago.
Fee: Free
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Polish flag iconSATURDAY, October 4th, 7:00PM

Warszawskie Dzieci Musical

A musical tale of the young soldiers of the Warsaw Uprising – based on authentic documents and songs written during the 63 days of heroic battle.
Location: Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago)
Fee: $22 / $58
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 Next Week's Culture Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, October 5th, 3:00PM 

"The American Friend" Celebrating 20 years: Sister Cities through film

Chicago and Hamburg have been sister cities since 1994. Come to Hamburg in a movie. "The American Friend." Director: Wim Wenders, 123 min., 1977. English subtitles.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago.
Fee: General Admission $11, Students $7, Film Center Members $6, Students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute $5.
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, October 8st, 6:30PM

1914–2014: French Chamber Music and Poetry from the War Years

Experience a direct connection to the First World War through the letters, photos and artefacts left behind by two présidentes in an exhibition curated by H. R. Williams, former AF Board President, with a companion video featuring interviews of Solange Brown and George Renwick, grand-son of Olive Hulbert.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
Fee: Free
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Italian flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, October 9th, 6:00PM

"American Nocturne": The Life and Works of Emanuel Carnevali

A trip through America at the beginning of the 1900s told through the visionary eyes of author Emanuel Carnevali, who arrived in the United States from Bologna when he was just a boy.A reading by Emidio Clementi,accompanied by musicians Corrado Nuccini and Emanuele Reverberi.
Location:Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio st, Chicago
Fee: Free
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ñFRIDAY, October 10th, 6:30PM

2nd Annual Mexican Dance Ensemble Benefit

Mexican Dance Ensemble (MDE) provides a challenging environment that promotes cultural awareness, preserves the Mexican Folkloric Arts, and cultivate interest in dance by striving for the highest level of artistic excellence.
Location:Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago, 
Fee: $40 in advance & $45 at door
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, October 12th, 2:00PM

The World of Extreme Happiness

Savage, tragic and desperately funny, The World of Extreme Happiness is a provocative examination of individuals struggling to shape their destinies amid China's dizzying economic transformation.
Location: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St Chicago
Fee: $10-$30
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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

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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