Toledo, Spain by Elizabeth Dolly Weber 

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 Guide to Annotating PDFs on the LCLC website so you can download it and post on your own Bb site for your students. Workshops are Tuesday 12-1PM and Wednesday 12-1PM, both in Grant Hall 304. (or email for information).

The LCLC is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Chicago Language Symposium (April 17-18 2015), along with DePaul, University of Chicago, and Northwestern. We encourage faculty and graduate students to submit an abstract related to the topic:  Contexts and Language Learning: Situated Learning in the 21st Century.  Abstract submission deadline: Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Please send your proposal and any questions to Li Jin,

UH 1750 Drop-in sessionsMondays, 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.

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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 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.

Next Week's Films

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

Nobody Else But You (2011)

During his holidays on the countryside, David Rousseau, an author of crime novels, investigates the death of a beautiful young woman named Candice. He discovers that Candice had modeled her life and career after Marilyn Monroe. Rousseau refuses to believe she has committed suicide. Teaming up with a local policeman, he seeks to prove that Candice was murdered.

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

The Constant Factor (1980)

A Polish film directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. It tells the story of a young man struggling to face the death of his mother and harbouring a desire to climb the Himalayas as his father had done.The film won the Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.

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

Brother 2 (2000)

Brother 2 a 2000 Russian film, and, in name, a sequel to 1997's Russian crime thriller Brother. The 'Russian-made gangster flick' was set about a year after the events that occurred in the first film. The movie included the frequent use of 12 handguns, two sub-machine guns, two assault rifles, three machine guns and two types of stick grenade.

Cultural 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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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

japanese_flag_smallSUNDAY, November 16,3:00PM

Chicago Philharmonic Concert: "Power of Touch"

Come enjoy this afternoon performance along with members and guests of the Japan America Society! Titled “Power of Touch”, the theme of this performace revolves around the sense of touch in music, and is the second of five performances of Chicago Philharmonic’s “Celebrating the Senses” series. After the show is over, meet soprano soloist Asako Tamura for an informal meet and greet session.
Location: Nichols Hall Evanston, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Fee: $35 JASC (Japan America Society of Chicago) Members/$40 Non-Members
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ñMONDAY, November 17th, 7:00PM

Latino Music Festival- Ondas Ensemble

Since their first concert in 2007 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ondas Ensemble has been delighting audiences with their inventive and unique programming of new and historic works.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Fee: N/A
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Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, November 18th, 6:00PM

In the Name of the Pope King (In nome del Papa Re)

A countess, mother of a revolutionary accused together with two friends of having carried out an attack in a building, consults with a judge from the Sacra Consulta to help her son. However, the Monsignor discovers that he is the father of the arrested man.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue , Suite 1450, Chicago, IL
Fee: Free
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, November 19th, 6:30PM

Quai d'Orsay / French Minister by Bertrand Tavernier; La rétrospective LOL! French Contemporary Comedy

A witty, face-paced and audacious comedy about French diplomacy, politics, and the peculiarities of power.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8
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German flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY, November 21st, 7:30PM

November Stammtisch Open Haus

On the third Friday of every month the DANK Haus hosts a Stammtisch (group meeting) on the 6th floor in the beautiful Skyline Lounge. We invite everyone to the Haus to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Each night has a theme to get the conversations started from trivia and game nights to Elvis and German bands. 
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Fee: Free
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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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