For the week of April 20th, 2015

                               Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico photo by Michelle Berube

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Do you already use rubrics when you grade? Are you interested in starting? Blackboard rubrics make grading a snap and let you quickly (paperlessly!) give students feedback on their assignments. In this workshop, we’ll show you how rubrics work and help you set up your own rubric based on an assignment for your class. Be sure to bring a copy of your syllabus or assignment! 

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

LCLC Workshops: Voice Blackboard Rubrics
Week of April 20th - April 27th

Wednesday 4/22
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 4/23
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 20th - April 27th

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1550


A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Consider organizing a virtual tour of a museum whose collection is related to topics in your course. 
Many museums now have extensive collections on line.  For example, you might have students select and learn more about a work of art (or a kind of fabric, a medical instrument...depending on the museum and the focus of the class/project).  Canada (Musée virtuel du Canada)  Austria (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)  Italy (Museo Nazionale della Scienza et della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", Milan)

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

MONDAY, April 20th, 12:00-2:00PM

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

After moving to the country to cope with illness, a city girl befriends a mute boy who appears to have literally been raised by wolves.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 22nd, 3:00-5:00PM

The Rabbi’s Cat (2011)

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 24th, 3:00-5:00PM

4/4 (2005)

The lies shared by three Russian strangers take on a life of their own in director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's dreamlike journey into the strange heart of modern-day Russia. After entering a local watering hole and relaying a series of elaborate but entirely fabricated tales, a prostitute posing as an advertising executive, a piano tuner claiming to be a genetic engineer, and a butcher posing as a Kremlin insider all go their separate ways.

Next Week's Films

MONDAY, April 27th, 12:00-2:00PM

Confessions of murder (2012)

After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated Lee's murders 15 years ago starts the chase once again and Han Ji-soo, who lost her daughter to Lee, pledges vengeance.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 29th, 3:00-5:00PM

In the house (2012)

A high school French teacher gets increasingly drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, April 30th, 1:00-3:00PM


German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, April 30th, 3:00-5:00PM

Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011)

This German comedy film is directed by Yasemin Samdereli. The film premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in the section competition and won the Deutscher Filmpreis 2011 in the categories Best Script and Best Film. The movie tells the story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family.



Cultural Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 21st, 6:00PM

Screening of "Our Land" by Giulio Manfredonia

A renowned Mafia boss is arrested and his land is confiscated and entrusted to a negligent co-op that is about to go to ruin. From the North a bureaucrat named Filippo arrives. He is an expert in anti-mafia law and determined to save the farm. But once he arrives, he is forced to argue with Cosimo, who for many years has been cultivating that land, that used to belong to his family before the criminal boss took it by force. Together they find common ground to change things and themselves.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY April 22nd, 11:00AM

The 15th French Decorative Arts Symposium - The Decorative Language of the Renaissance: The Influence of Italian Artists on the French Renaissance

Jean Goldman, noted art historian specializing in Renaissance art, will explore the impact Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, and Il Rosso Fiorentino had on Renaissance in France and what has become known as the School of Fontainebleau - a school that brought Renaissance to France.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $45
Click here for more information.

ñTHURSDAY April 23rd, 6:00PM


We will revisit Goya through the work of Dalí on the former’s series of prints Los Caprichos. Dalí shows us a total work of art, consistent with Goya’s thinking, marked by a programmatic and enlightened character that reconciles the multiple sources of knowledge from Baroque tradition, the Classical world and the French Encyclopedists. The exhibition features 40 prints, 17 by Goya and 23 by Dalí, inviting us to discover two great masters through intelligence and humor.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL
Fee: N/A
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY April 25th, 7:30PM

German Cinema Now - König von Deutschland (The King of Germany)

Being hopelessly average is the kind of trait that earns Thomas Müller (acclaimed German comic Olli Dittrich) nothing but yawns from his wife and teenage son. But it’s a quality that makes him the perfect target for a research company that can turn his middle-of-the-road opinions into big results for corporations and political candidates looking to capture the attention of the everyman.
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 28th,6:00PM

Rome (1972) by Federico Fellini featuring Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, and Fiona Florence

Fellini paints a portrait of Rome and of his relationship with the city in a documentary/fantasy. A fluid, unconnected procession of scenes detail the arrival of the young Fellini in the capital and illustrate, even grotesquely, the Rome of today and yesterday.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñWEDNESDAY, April 29th, 8:00PM

Proyecto Libre

Proyecto Libre (James Sanders, violin; Harrison Bankhead, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; Jean-Christophe Leroy, congas & percussion; Edward Wilkerson, saxophones) continues their Free Improvisation / Afro-Latin exploration in their first show since performing at the Made in Chicago Festival in Poznan, Poland.
Location: Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, Chicago, IL
Fee: $10
Click here for more information.

French flag iconSATURDAY, May 2nd, 1:30PM

Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table ! (Me, Myself and Mum) by Guillaume Gallienne

Guillaume Gallienne plays himself from a child to a teenager to a young man as he charts his awkward life with a domineering mother who raised him to be gay before he had a chance to define his own sexuality. In drag, Guillaume Gallienne also plays his own mother, creating sensational two-handed scenes by himself.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
Fee: $8
Click here for more information.

SUNDAY, May 3rd, 3:00PM

Sir Arthur Evans and Minoan Crete: Creating the Vision of Knossos

Dr. Nanno Marinatos, UIC professor and head of the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, is the author of nine books on Minoan archaeology and religion. In this talk, she presents an interesting view of the excavator of Knossos, Sir Arthur Evans. Based on unpublished letters,discovered in the archives her father, the famous archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, Marinatos reveals previously unknown sides of Evans' personality.
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago IL, 60661
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

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