The Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, France, by Ellen McClure

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Preparing for Spring 2015 semester?  LCLC will be open during break for your questions about tech in your classes.  Would you like your students to answer some questions on line before coming to discuss the readings in class?  We can help with that.  Want to upload video clips on Sharestream?  Learn about the Blackboard upgrade? Engage your students with blogs or social media? Email us at to start a conversation about how you can enrich the class experience for yourself and your students by adding a little tech tweak.

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!  For example, we need photos of China, Japan, and Korea!

We wish you a restful and joyful New Year and look forward to collaborating with you in 2015!

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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Cultural Events in the City

ñMONDAY, December 8th, 6:00PM

Lecture: Luisa Elena Acalá

Leading scholar Luisa Elena Alcalá explores contemporary perspectives on colonial era paintings, and the recently opened exhibition, A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire.
Location: Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton Hall
Fee: Free
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French flag iconTUESDAY, December 9th, 6:30PM

Mademoiselle C (2013,113 min) By Fabien Constant

A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. A rare inside glimpse into her world, filled with all the artistry and absurdity, glamour and the grit of the fashion industry.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8 members / $10 Non members / $25 Series of 4 (Members only), with a glass of French mousseux!
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German flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY, December 12th, 9:30PM

Frank Gradkowski, Chris Brown & William Winant Concert

Founded in 2006 by three musicians already well-known internationally in the contemporary classical, jazz, and improvised music fields, their extensive backgrounds in both composition and improvisation are evidenced by their ability to improvise pieces with a clear inner structure collectively on the fly.
Location: Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago
Fee: Admission $10.00
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY December 13th, 10:00AM

Chinatown Herbalist Walking Tour

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM originated in ancient China more than 2,000 years ago. During this walking tour through Chinatown, you will learn about the history and philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine and the theory of “Yin-Yang”. You will visit two shops to see the vast variety of herbs incorporated into TCM and learn about some common herbs used in herbal remedies. The final stop will be at Kent Young Health Products where you will learn about other methods of TCM including acupuncture and cupping.
Location: Chinatown Square, 2133 S China Pl Chicago
Fee: $25
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, December 16th, 6:00PM

Screening of "The Sun Inside"

The movie is directed by Paolo Bianchini with Angela Finocchiaro, Giobbe Covatta, Francesco Salvi, Diego Bianchi, and Gaetano Fresa. In 1999. Yaguine and Fode`, two adolescents from Guinea, decide to write a letter "To His Excellencies, the Members and Leaders of Europe", in which they ask for help, describing the condition of children in their country.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
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ñWEDNESDAY, December 17th, 7:00PM

Trio Ellas

Los Angeles-based Trio Ellas has been making waves with a unique sound that combines a myriad of influences including traditional mariachi, boleros, bluegrass, flamenco, and gypsy jazz with a contemporary pop twist.
Location: The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19 St. Chicago, IL
Fee: $50
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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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