Guatemala - Lake Atitlán, photo by Michelle Berube 

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 Wednesday 11-12PM and Thursday 11-12PM, both in Grant Hall 304. (or email for information).

LCLC Workshops

Week of February 9th - February 15th

Annotating PDFs

Wednesday 2/11

GH 304

Annotating PDFs

Thursday 2/12

GH 304

Drop-in hours

Week of February 9th - February 15th

Wednesdays 2PM-3PM

UH 1750

Fridays 10AM-11AM

UH 1501

If you have any questions regarding how to enhance your teaching with technology tools, our RAs will be ansewring your questions during Drop-in hours on Wednesdays 2 -3PM in UH 1750 and Fridays 10-11AM in UH 1501. Email us at for more information.

Please help us advertise the multiplicity of languages and cultures in the LCSL by sending photos to:

We also encourage you and your students to participate in our weekly events in 308 Grant Hall, listed on the right and on our calendar: To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.

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 iconWEDNESDAY, February 11th, 3:00-5:00PM

Bicycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette, 2013)

Bicycling with Molière is a 2013 French comedy film directed by Philippe Le Guay. In January 2014, the film received three nominations at the 39th César Awards. Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put
aside for the sake of friendship and theater?

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, February 12th, 1:00-3:00PM

Panny z Wilka (The Maids of Wilko, 1979)

At the age of 40, Wiktor Ruben returns to the family property where he had spent his late teens/early twenties as a tutor of young sisters. Now they are all women - mostly wives and mothers. Wiktor discovers that Fela, once the closest to him, is now dead for some time and other sisters aren't too keen to talk about her and her grave is rather forgotten. Wiktor spends time in Wilko but isn't able to see that his return restored once forgotten dreams and hopes of the sisters.

German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY,February 12th, 3:00-5:00PM

Lore (2012)

"Lore", directed and written by Cate Shortland, is the story of five young children who are forced to make their way across war-scarred Germany to their grandmother’s house after their high-ranking SS father and mother, a faithful Nazi follower, are arrested by Allied troops. During this journey led by the oldest sibling Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), the siblings are forced to question the Nazi ideologies that have been instilled in them their entire life. There will be a hort introduction to the film by Jenna Veren."

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 13th, 3:00-5:00PM


Next Week's Films

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, February 18th, 3:00-5:00PM

Ridicule (1996)

Ridicule is a 1996 French film set in the 18th century at the decadent court of Versailles, where social status can rise and fall based on one's ability to mete out witty insults and avoid ridicule oneself. The story examines the social injustices of late 18th century France, in showing the corruption and callousness of the aristocrats.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, February 19th, 1:00-3:00PM

Ida (2013)

In 1962, Anna is about to take vows as a nun when she learns from her only relative that she is Jewish. Both women embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 20th, 3:00-5:00PM


Cultural Events in the City

SATURDAY, February 7th- March 1st

25th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Providing a view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s filmmakers, the festival premieres six films showcasing the production of a nation where cinema is on the cutting edge while filmmakers are often simultaneously at risk for practicing their art. Daring continues to be the word that best describes those who meet many challenges in bringing their work to an international audience.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 64 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Fee: $8-$11
Click here for more information.

Polish flag iconTUESDAY, February 10th, 6:00PM

Candlelight Vigil Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Deportations of Polish Citizens

Seventy-five years after Stalin’s mass deportations of Polish citizens to Siberia, we gather to commemorate the spirit of our Polish comrades and to honor those who have passed. Join us for a memorable evening of grace, honor and inspiration, which begins with a candlelight vigil, and will include prayer, performance and words to honor the fate that befell nearly 2 million Polish people.
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

ñFRIDAY, February 13th, 6:00PM


Pilsen Outpost is pleased to present INCIVILIZADO, a solo exhibition of original illustrations and paintings by Mexican born, Minneapolis-based artist Rodrigo Oñate, (Roco). In his first solo exhibition in the United States, Roco brings his brilliantly hued mixed media paintings and illustrations with a combination of textures, shapes and characters on paper and canvas that evoke traditional and cultural graphics of Mexican folk and urban contemporary street art.
Location: Pilsen Outpost, 1958 W. 21st St,. Chicago,
Fee: N/A
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SATURDAY, February 14th, 5:00PM

Love, What Language Do You Speak?

German, French, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, and English
Join an international gathering of cultural organizations for a multimedia, multilingual evening of poetry, music, film, and theater in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Location: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Fee: Free
Click here for more information

Chinese flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, February 15th, 3:00PM


featuring Virtuoso Soloists from the National Chinese Traditional Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In collaboration with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this performance will feature traditional celebratory works for the Chinese New Year, along with works by Jiuyue Ma and other Chinese composers.
Location: Chicago Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Fee: $25-$70
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

WEDNESDAY, February 18th, 8:30PM

Sem Palavras: Luciano Antonio CD Release

Luciano Antonio will be debuting his latest CD album, Sem Palavras, No Words. “Sem Palavras is a collection of 10 original melodies I wrote without lyrics. Some are instrumental some have vocals. I am so proud and I hope you can come celebrate the evolution of my music with me.” Luciano N Antonio
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
Fee: $10 suggested donation
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French flag iconWEDNESDAY, February 18th, 6:00PM

French Contemporary Comedy: Cédric Klapisch Double Feature!

First movie: L’Auberge Espagnole/ The Spanish Apartment (2002, 122 min) at 6:00 p.m. Second movie: Les Poupées Russes/Russian Dolls (2005, 125 min) at 8:30 p.m.  Movies are in French with English subtitles. Director: Cedric Klapisch. Actors: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cécile de France. 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8
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German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, February 19th, 6:00PM

German History in Film: The Divided Heaven (Der geteilte Himmel)

THE DIVIDED HEAVEN, created just a few years after the Wall was constructed, is one of the bravest movies ever to be made in the GDR – not only because of its unusual dramaturgy, but also because it seeks responsibility for conflicts in one’s own country and not with the “class enemy”.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñTHURSDAY February 19th, 7:30PM

Chicago Flamenco Festival 2015 - Paloma Gómez & Raquel Gómez "Of Women and Poems"

Company: Paloma Gómez Spanish Dance, Dancers: Paloma Gómez y Raquel Gómez, Flamenco Singer: Chiara Mangiamelli, Flameno Guitar: Diego Alonso, Percussion: Javier Saume, Poetry reciter /Theatre director: Luis Lorente, Choreography: Paloma Gómez y Raquel Gómez
Location: Instituto Cervantes - Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St. 60654 Chicago Illinois
Fee: Instituto Cervantes members and students $20; Nonmembers $25.
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SATURDAY, February 21st, 3:30PM

Greek Language Symposium: History, Education, Bilingualism

The Greek Language: Sound, Structure, Writing - Jason Merchant, Ph.D. (Professor of Linguistics, University of Chicago); Bilingualism - Anastasia Giannakidou, Ph.D. (Professor of Linguistics, University of Chicago); Using Technology to Teach Greek - Voula Sellountos, M.Ed. (Head of Schools, Hellenic American Academy)
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60661
Fee: Suggested donation of $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, 12 - 1 PM

Polish flag icon Polish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM


Tue, 12-1 PM

Tue, 1 - 2 PM

Russian flag iconRussian
Tue, 2 - 3 PM

Mon, 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


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

Fri, 1 - 2 PM

Fri, 2 - 3 PM

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