Salvador Bahia, Brasil photo by Felipe Amaro

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Would you like to create a website for your course? Perhaps you want to make your course syllabus and (non-copyrighted) content available to other instructors. Or maybe you want your students to create the content - whether students are writing short responses to a reading, investigating a foreign culture, or undertaking semester-long research projects, simple student-created websites can provide a meaningful, real-world outlet for their work. Whatever your interests, the LCLC will help you decide which free platform best fits your needs: Wordpress, Google Sites, or Weebly.

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

LCLC Workshops: Creating a Website
Week of March 16th- March 22nd

Wednesday 3/18
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 3/19
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Week of March 16th - March 22nd

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1501

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 1501. Email us for more information.

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Comic strips to hone analysis and foster creativity: Have your students use one of these free comic strip sites to practice the art of summary and to demonstrate their understanding of a text or a scene by boiling it down to the most important moments, for example. Encourage them to find both their inner literary/cultural critic and their inner artist. 

Students could also experiment with clip art, free drawing programs such as Paint (part of Windows) or Paintbrush for Mac ( Post all the comic strips on a class wiki and have students vote on the strip that best communicates the plot of the story.

      Summary of a short story from a 200-level course                                                  Summary of a short story from a UIC 200-level French course                      


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.

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.

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 18th, 3:00-5:00PM

17 Girls (2011)

In Lorient, 17 teenage girls from the same high school make an unexpected decision, incomprehensible to the boys and adults. The film was screened at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival and the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 17 Girls is based on the alleged pregnancy pact that took place at Gloucester High School in 2008.

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

The Debt (1999)

After looking for financial backing to start a business importing Italian scooters, college friends Adam and Stefan meet businessman Gerard. While initially very helpful, Gerald soon turns violent, and begins to blackmail the pair for increasingly large sums of money while psychologically terrorizing the two men.

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

White Sun of the Desert (1970)

The film is one of the most popular Russian films of all time. Its blend of action, comedy, music and drama, as well as memorable quotes, made it wildly successful, and it has since achieved the status of a top cult film in Soviet and Russian culture. The film is watched by cosmonauts before most space launches as a matter of good luck ritual.

Next Week's Films

Films will not be screened during the Spring break week. 

Cultural Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, March 17th, 6:00PM

Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti) by Federico Fellini

A woman realizes that her marriage is falling apart. In search of comfort, she consults with the spirits in vain. Keeping an eye on her husband, she has concrete proof of his betrayal. Instead of reproaching him, she prefers to let him go, hoping, despite everything, in a better future.
Location: talian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, March 18th, 6:30PM

Festival de la Francophonie: Soirée Afrique

Discover African Theater with Congolese playwright Pierre Mumbere Mujomba, in exile from his country since the staging of La Dernière Enveloppe in Kinshasa in 2003, an award-winning work critical of Zaire's Mobutu government, in discussion with Patrizia Acerra, director of International Voices Project. Followed by DJ Mwelwa's tracks from the continent.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, March 19th, 6:00PM

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.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, March 20th, 6:00PM

Views from the Mole Hill/ Widoki z Kreciej Góry

The exhibition includes 20 oil paintings, 20 sumi-e paintings (ink on rice paper), 20 haiga paintings (ink on rice paper with haiku poetry), approximately 100 photographs showing the beauty of the Republic of Mole Hill, and the promotion of an anthology of haiku poetry by 18 American and Japanese poets entitled “Climbing Mole Hill”. Also planned is a performance by the trio led by Mieczyslaw Wolny who composed musical pieces for Mole Hill.
Location: Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

French flag iconSATURDAY, March 21st, 1:00PM

Festival du Film Francophone 2015

1:00 p.m.: Aya de Yopougon (2013, 83 min., France/Ivory Coast) by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
3:00 p.m.: Timbuktu (2014, 97 min., France/Mauritania) by Abderrahmane Sissako
6:00 p.m. : Un Rêve Américain / An American Dream (2014, 92 min., Quebec) by Bruno Boulianne, with guest actor Damien Robitaille
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $15 for 3 movies with online registration/ $8 for each movie at the door
Click here for more information.

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, March 24th, 6:00PM

Perez, by Edoardo De Angelis with Marco D'Amore, Luca Zingaretti, Loredana Simioli

Demetrio Perez is a lawyer who defends delinquents, the forgotten, and the lost. His career has been slowed down by his marriage, in which Tea, the daughter, is the only bright spot. Resigned and inert, he drags his feet through life, allowing others to make decisions for him.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue , Suite 1450 , Chicago, IL
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, March 25th, 6:00PM

European Film Festival: West

Set in 1975, WEST tells the story of Nelly, a single mother who escapes to West Berlin with her nine-year-old son, only to find that freedom is still elusive and that, in many respects, her new world resembles the one she just left.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago
Fee: General Admission: $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 inforamtion.

ñWEDNESDAY, March 25, 8:30PM

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio

Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. NPR has called him “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” and Boston Globe describes him as a “flamenco phenom”.
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago,
Fee: Free
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.


Polish flag icon Polish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM

Mon, 3 - 4 PM


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


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

Fri, 1 - 2 PM


Fri, 2 - 3 PM

As always, please email us at if you have any questions!

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