For the week of April 27th, 2015

                                                       Hunsrück, Germany photo by Imke Meyer

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Thinking about your fall classes? Blackboard portfolios allow students to combine and organize multiple files into one easy-to-navigate, easy-to-grade submission package. With this tool, you can have students bundle previous drafts with a final version of a paper, submit all the work they’ve done during the semester, turn in a paper and video together, and more. In this week’s workshop, the LCLC will tell you more about portfolios and help you figure out how to use them in your class.

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

LCLC Workshops: Blackboard Portfolios
Week of April 20th - April 27th

Wednesday 4/29
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 4/30
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 27th - May 4th

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1550

Important Notice: Beginning in July Campus Pack Blogs, Wikis, and Journals will no longer be available to the UIC community. The ACCC has information on this transition here. If you're not sure if your wiki, blog, or journal is Campus Pack, let us know and we can help you find out. If you have any questions or need help, we encourage you to stop by the LCLC, come to drop-in hours, or contact us at  

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Tools to help students organize their ideas before/while composing. While traditional outlines can be made on notebook paper or in a word processing program, these online tools may help some students better focus, arrange, and articulate their ideas.
  • Workflowy ( allows users to collapse parts of an outline, zoom in and focus on one point at a time, and use tags to categorize and sort entries. (free, limited to 250 items per month)
  • WiseMapping ( allows users to create mind maps with elements that can be expanded, rearranged, and color-coded, and users can add longer content notes to any map element. (free, no limits)
Both tools allow users to share their ideas and collaborate with others, and both feature simple, interactive quick-start lessons.

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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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

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.

Next Week's Films

There will be no film screenings during finals week.


Cultural 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.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

ñWEDNESDAY, May 6th, 7:30PM

Lila Downs

The Auditorium Theatre is thrilled to welcome Grammy Award winner Lila Downs to our historic landmark stage. Making her Auditorium Theatre debut, Lila is one of the world’s most singular voices in music. From the music of Mexico and South America to American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop, Lila has performed all over the world, as well as the White House and the Latin Grammys.
Location: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress, Chicago
Fee: $40-$115
Click here for more information.

Italian flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, May 7th, 6:00PM

"Galateo: Or the Rules of Polite Behavior"

"Galateo: Or the Rules of Polite Behavior" (University of Chicago Press, reprint edition October 2014) is a treatise on polite behavior written by Giovanni Della Casa (1503–56) for the benefit of his nephew, a young Florentine destined for greatness.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue Suite 1450, Chicago, IL
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, May 8th, 8:00PM

Welcome To Night Vale with musical guest Mary Epworth

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Location: Copernicus Center 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: $27.50
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 iconPolish
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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