Galette des rois

                                          French students celebrating the Galette des rois (Three kings' cake)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Give your students more real-world experience by having them work on a webpage or blog:  Wordpress, Google Sites, Weebly.  All are very easy to create--or co-create with your students.  You tell us what you want your students to do, we'll show you which site would best suit your needs, and help you set it up.

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

LCLC Workshops

Week of February 16th - February 22th

Creating websites

Wednesday 2/18

GH 304

Creating websites

Thursday 2/19

GH 304

Drop-in hours

Week of February 16th - February 22th

Wednesdays 2PM-3PM

UH 1750

Fridays 10AM-11AM

UH 1501

Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, google docs, other?  Drop in and ask!  Drop-in hours on Wednesdays 2 -3PM in UH 1750 and Fridays 10-11AM in UH 1501. Email us at for more information.

Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Twitter feed. We post photos of events and announce upcoming events there so students can stay up-to-date with LCLC happenings. Promoting our pages is a good way to ensure your students know about your conversation hour or film series.

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.

Special event: Siena and Dante - a Cultural Legacy, Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2:00 PM, GH308

Dr Luca Bonomi, Director of Dante Alighieri School in Siena, Italy, illustrates with practical and interactive examples a fascinating way of studying a city and its culture. Please join us and ask all your questions about our faculty-lead summer program in Siena, Italy! Advisors will be present to discuss scholarships options.

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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at

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 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.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, February 25th, 3:00-5:00PM

Aliyah (2012)

A low-level Jewish drug dealer (Pio Marmaï) tries to save enough money to leave Paris and join his cousin in Israel, but his older brother's constant demands and a new love interest jeopardize his plans.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, February 26th, 1:00-3:00PM


German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, February 26th, 3:00-5:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, February 27th, 3:00-5:00PM


Cultural Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, February 17, 6:00PM

Screening of “I vitelloni” by Federico Fellini

Five young men live in a small seaside town, that could be Rimini.  Their stories are simple, based on the few possibilities offered by such a provincial place.  This was the fourth film by Fellini and was the first one to reveal the Director’s talent. When this film was released, it seemed to some to be simply the instantaneous realist of the province, but there was so much more.  There are sequences of poetry in addition to the realism of the plot.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1450
Fee: free with RSVP
Click here for more information

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.

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
Click here for more information.

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
Click here for more information.

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.
Click here for more information.

Polish flag iconSATURDAY, February 21, 7:00PM

Film - Dzień Dobry Kocham Cię (2014)

The story of two young people whose lives are changed after a chance meeting and equally unexpected parting. This story is hilarious and full of surprising twists and turns.
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave
Fee: $20
Click here for more information.

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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Chinese flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, February 22, 1:00PM

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade – Year of the Ram 4713

The Chinese New Year Parade (February 22, 2015, parade steps off at 1:00pm, starting on 24th St. and Wentworth.)
Location: Chinatown, Chicago, IL 60616
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconMONDAY, February 23, 7:00pm

Love Battles: The Films of Jacques Doillon - Raja

Jacques Doillon, 2003, with Pascal Greggory, Benjat Benssallem, in French with English Subtitles
Teenage orphan Raja works in the garden of Fred, an older Frenchman. The attention he lavishes on her is tempered by their lack of a common language and her brother’s insistence that she marry his friend. A triumph of filmmaking and storytelling. Benssallem won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for her honest portrayal of the conflicted Raja.
Location: Doc Films, 1212 East 59th St.
Fee: N/A
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, February 24, 6:00pm

Literaturlenz: Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

Each year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Swiss and the Austrian cultural institutions for an evening of readings in German. Each author represents a unique voice in contemporary German-language literature. In 2015 we welcome Navid Kermani from Germany, Jonas Lüscher from Switzerland, and Anna Weidenholzer of Austria. The readings will be followed by a discussion in English moderated by Susan Harris, Editorial Director of Words Without Borders.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
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SATURDAY, February 28, SUNDAY, March 1

Brazil: Grupo Corpo

Grupo Corpo founded in 1975 in Belo Horizonte make their Chicago debut February 28 and March 1, 2015. Led by Artistic Director Paulo Pederneiras and Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, the company melds traditional Brazilian dance with western contemporary movement.
Location: 50 E. Congress Parkway
Fee: $25-$65
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SATURDAY, February 28, 3:00-4:00pm

“Clean Monday” Kite Demonstration

In Greece, Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the start of Lent among Orthodox Christians. Clean Monday is considered to mark the beginning of the spring season, kite flying is also part of the tradition. Young people and adults organize excursions to open areas, so as to fill the skies with their kites. 
Location: (National Hellenic Museum) 333 South Halsted St.
Fee: Free with general admission
Click here for more information.

ONGOING through December, 2015

"No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-1952" at the Balzekas Museum

Drawing on the memories, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of families and individuals who lived through the experience, the Balzekas Museum, along with its collaborating institutions--the Latvian Folk Art Museum, the Chicago Estonian House, and the Lithuanian Emigration Institute--will present the stories of Baltic displaced persons, from 1944 to 1952. 
Location: Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd.
Fee: N/A
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  C O N V E R S A T I O N



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

Mon, 3 - 4 PM


Tue, 12-1 PM

Tue, 1 - 2 PM

Russian flag iconRussian
Tue, 2 - 3 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


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

Fri, 1 - 2 PM

Fri, 2 - 3 PM

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