Kiko Burten with her students during Japanese Conversation Club

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Interactive mapping for literature, culture, linguistics.  How many of your students have spent time in the cities or neighborhoods they read about in your classes? Enrich their experience of the novel, cultural history, or linguistic history you are focusing on with a virtual visit to Cuzco, Posnán, Bari, Logan Square: their individual visits will build a class map. Watch the short video below and/or come to our Mapping Workshops, Wednesday 11-12PM and Thursday 11-12PM, both in Grant Hall 304. More questions?



LCLC Workshops: Mapping
Week of March 2nd - March 9th

Wednesday 3/4
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 3/5
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Week of March 2nd - March 9th

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1550

Drop-in sessions: Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, google docs, other? Drop in and ask! Drop-in hours on Wednesdays 2 -3 in UH 1750 and Fridays 10-11 in UH 1550. Email us for more information.

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Free dictionary add-ons for Google Chrome. When students read and write online, they use dictionaries. Switching between websites wastes time and breaks concentration, hampering reading comprehension and coherent writing. Here are two tips on how to optimize students' online experience (and your own!) using extensions in Google Chrome.

- Use the Google Dictionary extension to translate foreign words or define English words. Watch this short video created by Dr. Susanne Rott to learn more: Click here for the tutorial.

- Use the WordReference extension to have a detailed multi-lingual dictionary and verb conjugator anytime you need it without having to leave the page you’re on. Great for reading and writing online: Word Reference extension.

UIC LCLC Facebook and Twitter! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Twitter feed. 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 9AM 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, March 4th, 3:00-5:00PM

Dragon Knight (2003)

Guillaume de Montauban (Daniel Auteuil), an immortal knight who has been scarred in a fire, embarks on a series of adventures. Felix, a naive teenager, and Raoul, a man cursed to transform to a beast at night, join Montauban on his travels.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, March 5th, 1:00-3:00PM

Constant Factor (Constans, 1980) 

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.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, March 6th, 3:00-5:00PM

Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 

Two Humans, "Uncle Vova" and "The Fiddler" accidentally find themselves on another planet after pushing the wrong button on the strange device. Planet "Pluke" in the galaxy "Kin-Dza-Dza" looks like a desert. All "aliens" look human, and can understand Russian, after reading uncle Vova's mind. 

Next Week's Films

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, March 11th, 3:00-5:00PM

Paris Countdown (2013)

Two estranged friends (Olivier Marchal, Jacques Gamblin) must join forces to survive after the psychopath they testified against several years earlier is released from prison.

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


German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, March 12th, 3:00-5:00P

Soul Kitchen (2009)

Greek restaurateur Zinos can't seem to get a break. The girl he loves moves to China, so he decides to leave his beloved diner in the hands of his brother, Ilias. When the heartbroken Zinos returns, his neighborhood "soul kitchen" has been taken over by the mob and is in debt. He decides to re-open with a hotshot chef, but will his loyal clientele -- used to bad food and good company -- ever return?

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

Ward No. 6 (2009)

Doctor Ragan, a psychiatric doctor at an insane asylum strikes up a conversational relationship with a patient who suffers from paranoid delusions. Their talks take on increasing importance in his life, to the point where he starts ignoring his other responsibilities. His grip on reality slipping, Ragan is tricked into becoming a patient in the mental ward himself, and must face questions regarding the nature of insanity.


Cultural Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, March 3rd, 6:00PM

Screening of "La dolce vita" by Federico Fellini

In a Rome transformed through the pages of a tabloid, the frenzy of “divismo,” and the free-thinking of urbanization, Fellini features Marcello Rubino, a journalist who is as handsome and beloved as he is invisible and inept. Mastroianni creates the figure of a tragic and unsatisfied viveur.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, March 5th, 6:00PM

Alice in the Cities (Alice in den Städten)

German writer Philip Winter has missed his publisher's deadline for writing an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and encounters a German woman, Lisa, and her daughter, Alice. Phil finds himself stuck with Alice, searching various cities of Germany for her grandmother, whose name and address Alice cannot remember.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñFRIDAY, March 6th, 7:30PM

Performance: "Chicago Flamenco Festival - Carmen La Talegona / Las Compañeras, Featuring Melody Vasquez"

MARIA DEL CARMEN RIVAS ARANDA, gypsy dancer, is known in the world of Flamenco dance as the artist La Talegona. She was born in Córdoba in 1976, the niece of the famous singer of saetas Talegón de Córdoba. Her first activities and performances were directed by Javier de la Torre in the production “Suite Española”.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.
Fee: $25
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY March 10th, 6:00PM

Every Blessed Day (Tutti i santi giorni)

Antonia and Guido are two 30 year-olds who are very much in love, with plans for the future. Paolo Virzì directs a charming comedy, which is a bit irreverent, a tad chaotic, giving room to feelings that endure, despite the frenzy of our everyday lives.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

French flag iconTHURSDAY, March 12th, 6:30PM

Festival de la Francophonie: Soirée Belgique: Art et Bière

Two great Belgium artists were à l'honneur this year in Chicago: René Magritte and James Ensor. Come and hear more about their origins and their legacy in the company of Nancy Ireson, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. Followed by a Belgian beer tasting.
Location: The Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñFRIDAY, March 13th,6:00PM

Living is easy with eyes closed (Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados)

The film that swept Spain’s Goya Awards in 2014. Based on a true story, the film centers on a schoolteacher/Beatles enthusiast (Cámara of TALK TO HER) who finds the Fab Four’s songs an invaluable teaching tool and who journeys to the Almería location of Richard Lester’s HOW I WON THE WAR in the hope of imparting advice to his idol John Lennon.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St.
Fee: N/A
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY March 15th, 3:00PM

European Film Festival: Farewell, Herr Schwarz

This fascinating, moving documentary is a personal quest that turns into a true-life detective story whose unexpected revelations open up broad questions about the relationship of family history to history, and of postwar Germany to Israel and the Jewish past.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago
Fee: $11; Students: $7; Film Center Members: $6; Students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute: $5
Click here for more information.



  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, 2 - 3 PM

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