Palace of Versailles, Paris, France by Heather Sabina 

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

What happens when students read all their work on line and never print it out?  Not much, sometimes... Many of them don't know how to use free programs to highlight and make comments on PDFs. No notes=lowered comprehension.  We'll show you how to take notes on PDFs with free programs you many already use for other things. We'll be posting a Powerpoint How To on the LCLC website so you can download it and post on your own Bb site for your students.

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, November 4th, 2:00-4:00PM

Bicycling 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.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, November 11th, 2:00-4:00PM

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

At the end of her career the sculptor Camille Claudel seems to suffer with mental issues. She destroys more than once her own statues and utters repeatedly that her former lover Auguste Rodin intended to make her life miserable.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, November 14th, 1:00-3:00PM

Hydrozagadka (1971)

During a summer heat wave, all the water in Warsaw is puzzlingly disappearing. Scientists secretly call upon As (Ace), a superhero who passes his days living as a mild-mannered engineer, to try to solve the mystery. It turns out that a mystery Maharaja is in league with Doctor Spot to steal Poland's water and take it to the Maharaja's country.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, November 14th, 3:00-5:00PM

Passions (1994)

The girls are fascinated by the horse races. Young racers are attracted to the girls. Sporting intrigues interlace with love affairs. Horses are taking the racers to the finish, and the winner gets it all. The precisely depicted atmosphere of horse races and a whole world of bizarre, touching, idiosyncratic characters are unveiled in one of the best films directed by Kira Muratova, which became classics of the European cinematography.

Cultural 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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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconSATURDAY, November 8th, 1:30PM

Le Nom des Gens / The Names of Love  by Michel Leclerc

Winner of the César award for best actress, and nominated for best film of the year, Sara Forestier plays a young woman who aims to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them – with considerable success until she meets a Jewish middle aged scientist. 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8 Admission with a glass of French wine
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German flag image, icon sizeMONDAY, November 10, 6:00PM

Shaman, Guru, Charlatan - Joseph Beuys

The history of Beuys and the Goethe-Institut will be celebrated and documented in an exhibition of some multiples, posters and catalogues. We will screen several seldom shown videos during office hours, throughout November.
Location: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago
Fee: Free
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Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, November 11th, 6:00PM

The Head of the Family (Il padre di famiglia)

One of the best films by Loy (1925-95), written with Ruggero Maccari. This film reconciles entertainment with a social analysis and a moral duty. One of the best interpretations by Nino Manfredi with a memorable role by Ugo Tognazzi.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
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ñSATURDAY, November 15th, 7:00PM

Tiempo Libre Concert

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba.
Location: Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
Fee:$24 GA; $22 Members
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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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