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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

At TechTeach, Tuesday, October 14 (Click here for more information about the conference), Dolly Weber will be presenting "Creating Blended Modules the Low-Tech Way" with French lecturer and MA Jessica Thornton; she will also present on "Choice and Community: Blogs for Engaging Students with the Material and with Each Other" with French lecturer and MA Heather Sabina.  Quite a few LCSL faculty and graduate students are also presenting!

Would you like to create a website for your course? LCLC will help you decide which platform better fits your classes' needs. During this week's workshops we will present an compare all three platforms: Wordpress, Google Sites and Weebly. 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!

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO RECEIVING 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.

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.

This Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, October 14th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The artist and the model (2012)

In the summer of 1943 in the occupied France, a famous sculptor, tired of life, finds a desire to return to work with the arrival of a young Spanish woman who has escaped from a refugee camp and becomes his muse.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, October 17th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM SERIES: Knife in the Water (1962)

It is a Polish drama film co-written and directed by Roman PolaƄski, which was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is Polanski's first feature film, featuring three characters in a story of rivalry and sexual tension.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, October 17th, 3:00-5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Ivan's Childhood (1962)

The film tells the story of orphan boy Ivan and his experiences during World War II. Ivan's Childhood was one of several Soviet films of its period, such as The Cranes Are Flying and Ballad of a Soldier, that looked at the human cost of war and did not glorify the war experience as did films produced before the Khrushchev Thaw.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, October 21st, 2:00-4:00PM

In the House (2012)

The film was directed by François Ozon. It is based on the play The Boy in the Last Row by Juan Mayorga. The film was awarded the main prize at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival, the Golden Shell, as well as the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, October 24th, 1:00-3:00PM

Hands Up! (1926)

The film tells the story of Jack, a spy for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and his efforts to capture a Union shipment of gold. Obstacles along the way include a pair of sisters, hostile Indians, and a firing squad.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, October 24th, 3:00-5:00PM

Zero Town (1989)

An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this town everybody seems to be crazy and, in addition, this man is a witness of a suicide, so he is trapped inside the town.

Cultural Events in the City

French flag iconTUESDAY, October 14th

En Guerre: French Illustrations and World War I

With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I, En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I offers a fresh exploration of the Great War as viewed through French graphic illustration of the period. 
Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, The University of Chicago Library
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

ñWEDNESDAY, October 15th, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf

As part of its four-day festival in Chicago and Mexico City, MAKE Literary Productions hosts a multimedia evening with poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, poet and critic Luis Felipe Fabre, and painter and poet Valerie Mejer Caso. The program will be in Spanish and English with some translations moving from one medium to another, as well as from one language to another.
Location: Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, Chicago, 
Fee: Free
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, October 16th

The hundred flowers project (a play by Christopher Chen)

Silk Road Rising co-founders, Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Executive Director Malik Gillani, present the Midwest Premiere of Christopher Chen’s The Hundred Flowers Project. 
Location: Pierce Hall, the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. (lower level) Chicago
Fee: $23 - $35
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Polish flag iconSATURDAY, October 18th, 7:00PM

Maryla Rodowicz concert

Maryla Rodowicz is a vocalist who plays a guitar and sings pop rock ballads. She recorded 30+ albums and sold over 12 million records worldwide. 
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: $45 – $65 
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German flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, October 19th, 5:15PM

Black panther - the story of Emilie and Jacob 

In this skillfully controlled drama, Emilie and her estranged brother Jacob are reunited at their family’s holiday home in the Swiss Alps. Their parents have passed, and as the twenty-something siblings reconnect, their former desire for one another permeates their every interaction. 
Location: AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago
Fee: with code EFBLACK1 – $14 /$11
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

ñTUESDAY, October 21st, 6:00PM

Octavio Paz: From the Word to the Look

The exhibit, curated by Miguel Cervantes and Marie Jo Paz, brings together Paz’s artist books, capturing Paz’s indelible word through the illustration of renowned artists from Mexico and abroad.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL
Fee: N/A
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, October 22nd, 5:40PM

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

In the second week of this three part series presented by Nena Ivon of Columbia College Chicago. She explores Alexander McQueen's innovative legacy on the industry of French Haute Couture.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $55 Lecture Single Ticket
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Italian flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, October 22nd, 6:00 PM

“Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470 to Our Own Time”

In this talk, Paul F. Gehl (for 25 years the curator of the Newberry’s collection on typography) will trace the history of one, particularly influential type face from its introduction by printer Nicolas Jenson to revivals as recent as last year. 
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
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japanese_flag_smallTHURSDAY, October 23rd, 6:00-7:30 PM

Beyond the Kimono: Japanese High Fashion from Hanae Mori to Comme des Garçons

This lecture and PowerPoint presentation by fashion expert, Nena Ivon, will trace the beginnings of Japanese fashion from the Haute Couture of Hanae Mori to the controversial looks of comme des garçons. Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake among others. 
Location: 130 N Garland Court, Heritage Hospitality Room, #926
Fee: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members/$10 Students
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German flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, October 26th, 4:45 PM

Celebrating 20 years Sister Cities through film: “Absolute Giganten”

This movie is about life and how life is great, magnificent, furious, despairing, gigantic, aggressive, stupid, melancholy and plain silly. The film is in German with English subtitles. Director: Sebastian Schipper, color, 81 min., 1999. 
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
Fee: $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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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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