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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Pronunciation practice, oral comprehension, oral responses to various cues (video, audio, images), storytelling--all are possible using good old Blackboard. We'll show you how to set up Voiceboards and Voice Presentation. 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. Blackboard got you stumped? We can help with that. Need help setting up grade center or creating instructions for a wiki? We can help with that, too!

Keep sending 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. Wow everyone with your linguistic and cultural pride and your artistic talent!

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 28st, 2:00-4:00PM

Haute Cuisine (2013)

Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, October 31st, 1:00-3:00PM

Salto (1965)

The film tells the story of a man who jumps off a train into a sparsely populated town. He is "a crazy guy who drops into a kind of ghost town and tells various cockamamie stories, and the citizens aren't sure if they remember him or not".

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, October 31st, 3:00-5:00PM

Viy 3D (2014)

A dark fantasy film directed by Oleg Stepchenko, and based on the first manuscript of Nikolai Gogol. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Western Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods of Ukraine. Nothing but chance and heavy fog could bring him to this cursed place. People who live here do not resemble any other people which the traveler saw before that.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, November 4th, 2:00-4:00PM

Becycling with Moliere (2013)

Bicycling with Moliere is a 2013 French comedy film directed by Philippe Le Guay. In January 2014, the film received three nominations at the 39th César Awards.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, November 7th, 1:00-3:00PM

Hi Tereska (2001)

"Czesc Tereska" (original title) is a Polish drama directed by Robert Glinski.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, November 7th, 3:00-5:00PM

Taxi Blues (1990)

Shlykov, a hard-working taxi driver and Lyosha, a saxophonist, develop a bizarre love-hate relationship, and despite their prejudices, realize they aren't so different after all.

Cultural Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeMONDAY, October 27th, 7:45 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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japanese_flag_smallTUESDAY, October 28th, 2014 6:00 PM

“Precarious Japan”-Presentation by Dr. Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology & Women’s Studies, Duke University

At a moment when attachments—to work, home, place, and one-another—are becoming less lifelong than “liquid,” how are Japanese experiencing these new rhythms of economic and social life, for whom and under what conditions has life become risky, and what new forms of belonging and social support are emerging in these times of precariousness? This is the issue that Anne Allison, an anthropologist, will address in this talk.
Location: Ernst & Young LLP (155 N Wacker Drive, 20th Floor)
Fee: $15 JASC Members/$25 Non-Members/$10 Students
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, October 29,6:30 PM

La rétrospective with live jazz performance by The Bridge!

The Bridge project, led by music anthropologist Alexandre Pierrepont, brings together France and Chicago through jazz. The Bridge is also what makes Max Linder's classic silent comedy, L’Etroit Mousquetaire (1922) contemporary, with a live jazz performance never to be heard twice. 
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Fee: $8 Admission (comes with a glass of wine)
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ñTHURSDAY, October 30th, 7:00 PM

Composer Alive: Brazil – Access Contemporary Music concert

The culmination of our months-long collaboration with Brazilian composer Alexandre Lunsqui, this concert will feature the World Premiere of his new piece Toy. Written over a six month period in short installments which we recorded as he sent them to us, Toy is a virtuosic, energetic piece for our resident Palomar ensemble. The rest of the concert will feature music by other living Brazilian composers and Mr. Lunsqui.
Location: Instituto Cervantes—Auditorio: 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
Fee: N/A
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, November 4th, 6:00PM

"Torneranno i prati"

On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of World War, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is presenting "Tornerranno i prati", a movie about a true war story.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
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German flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, November 5th,6:30PM

European jazz meets Chicago

Enjoy the night of jazz at the seventh annual European Jazz Meets Chicago. European Musicians will meet with Chicago's own for an extraordinary evening of improvised jazz.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Fee: Free
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French flag iconTHURSDAY, November 6th, 6:30PM

Book Beats : What to read now

Discover magnificent, powerful, deeply moving, and beautifully written accounts (some fictional) relating the decisions, strategies, experiences, and tensions tied to the Great War. Many riveting historical works with be featured, including The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism and La victoire endeuillée : la sortie de guerre des soldats français (1918-1924) by Bruno Cabanes.
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Fee: Members Free / Non Members $5
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ñFRIDAY, November 7th, 8:00PM

Bebel Gilberto concert

The multi-Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto will release her new album Tudo on Sony Masterworks in August 2014; her first studio recording in five years. Tudo, which means “everything” in English, showcases Bebel’s ethereal vocals and wistful, dreamy song writing in each of the CD’s 12 tracks. Bebel splits her time between Rio de Janeiro and New York City; she’s exquisitely synthesized musical influences from both cities in every track.
Location: Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL 60608
Fee: $30-$450
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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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