For the week of August 31st, 2015

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Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Felipe Amaro

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Weekly Workshop: Do you use or want to use video in your class? Do you want to have your students create and share videos on Blackboard? This week, we'll show you how to post YouTube videos and your own own video files to Blackboard so your students can acesss them. 

Workshops this week are Tuesday 1-2PM and Wednesday 10-11AM, in Grant Hall 304. (or email for information). 

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Using video in Blackboard 
Week of August 31st -September 4th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of August 31st -September 4th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1501


A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

WaitChatter is a new app for Google Chrome developed at MIT that allows users to engage in vocabulary building while they chat. After users send a message, they are given basic vocabulary exercises to complete while they wait for a response. Users can review their past exercises and track their progress. Currently available only in Spanish and French, WaitChatter hopes to add new languages soon.


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: All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels. 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

Franc flag image, small WEDNESDAY, September 2nd, 3:00- 5:00 PM

Roméo onze (2011) (Romeo Eleven)

A young man who quit school without telling his parents and whose shyness is compounded by a slight walking impediment poses as a successful businessman on the Internet. When the girl he's been chatting with wants to meet him, he is faced with a dilemma.

Brazil flag image, small THURSDAY, September 3rd, 3:00-5:00 PM

O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta (2005) (Romeo and Juliet Get Married)

A Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love affair. The difference here is what sets the two lovers apart: their soccer teams. Being a fan of Corinthians, Romeu has to fake he really likes Palmeiras, in order to gain Julieta's heart. 

Poland flag image, small FRIDAY, September 4th, 1:00-3:00 PM


Russia flag image, small FRIDAY, September 4th 3:00-5:00 PM

Dvenadtsat stulev (1971) (Twelve Chairs)

A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once had. Vorobyaninov in cooperation with a young con artist Ostap Bender start a long search for the diamonds.    

Next Week's Films

Franc flag image, small WEDNESDAY, September 9th, 3:00- 5:00 PM

Tip Top (2013)

In this odd blend of screwball comedy and crime procedural, two female cops (Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain) investigate the death of an Algerian police informant in a small French town.

Brazil flag image, small THURSDAY, September 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM


Poland flag image, small FRIDAY, September 11th, 1:00-3:00 PM


Russia flag image, small FRIDAY, September 11th, 3:00-5:00 PM


Cultural Events in the City

Germany flag image, small  August 21th through September 20th (9:00-9:00 PM, Monday - Saturday and 1:00-4:00 PM on Sundays)

Sur Papier (On Paper)

French artists Anne Gilbert and Hélène Dureau Martini studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. They now work to confront and find an answer for the question that lies at the core of their work: what is fragility? How can one convey this in painting?
Location: Beverly Arts Center Chicago, 2407 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60655
Fee: Free
Click here for more information. 

Poland flag image, small WEDNESDAY, September 2, 6:30 PM

To Fool a Thief

While Sebastian is trying to steal an important work of art from a museum, he meets Natalia, who beats him to it. Though rivals, the two must work together to pilfer a precious 19th Century bottle of Malbec de Bourdeos that’s locked away in a bank vault in Mendoza, Argentina. Among the luxurious vineyards, the thieves pull out all the stops, only to discover that nothing is what it seems in this crowd-pleasing heist comedy. Spanish with subtitles.
LocationChicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater,78 East Washington, Chicago 
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñ image, small FRIDAY, September 4th through MONDAY, September 7

Taste of Polonia Festival 2015

4 days of festival fun and music! The Taste of Polonia Festival fills the Copernicus Center and grounds with non-stop LIVE MUSIC, food, and activities for all ages yearly over Labor Day Weekend! The Taste of Polonia has been a festival in Jefferson Park since 1980.
Location: Copernicus Center,  5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: Free

Click here for more information.

Greece flag image, small SATURDAY, September 5 through September 12,  12:00-4:00 PM
Kino, Kaffee, und Kuchen - Movies, Coffee, and Cake
Every Saturday from Fall until Spring you can take a break to converse with native German speakers over coffee and cake. Kaffee und Kuchen is a traditional German social gathering of friends, which we have coupled with traditional Heimat movies from the 1940s to 1970s. This program is geared toward our older members who have enjoyed this ritual for decades and we invite you to have a cup of coffee and piece of cake with us. Doors open at noon and the first film begins at 1pm.
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Greece flag image, small THURSDAY, September 3, 6:00-10:00 PM

Salsa Mambo Bachata & More at Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, WHPK International Format 88.5 fm and El Caobo International will host Salsa Mambo Bachata & More at Ping Tom Memorial Park.
Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th street, Chicago, IL 60616 United States
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Italy flag image, small FRIDAY, September 11, 11:30 am -1:30 PM

The Business Climate in Asia and  Japan-U.S. Relations

Mr. Wilkens will discuss the economic and business climate in Asia, growth strategies from an MUFG and client perspective and highlight the importance of Japan-U.S. relations on continued growth. Dr. Farrell will review the complexities of U.S.-Japan business relations in recent years, where the need for economic success and national security raise difficult policy choices.
LocationUnion League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., French Room #710, Chicago, IL 60604
Fee: Free

Click here for more information.

Lithuanian flag image, small SUNDAY, September 13, 3:00-5:00 PM

Summer Film Series: Brides

In 1922, with the Greco-Turkish War and the Russia Civil War, the women from these countries find husband in the United States through correspondence with immigrants. The bride Eleni returns from the United States to Samothrace, Greece, since she has not adapted to the life in America. Her sister Niki Douka is assigned as her replacement and travels aboard the SS King Alexander to New York to marry the Greek immigrant Prodromos in Chicago. Nikki is a hard worker and works sewing along the trip for the passengers and crew. She becomes a leader of the brides and discovers the scheme of the crook Karabulat from Georgia with the Russian brides. She also falls in love with the American photographer Norman Harris from Detroit. But Nikki is committed with Prodromos and she knows the consequence with her family in Samothrace if she runs away with Norman.
Location:National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
Fee$10.00 per person, includes museum admission
Click here for more information.

Lithuanian flag image, small TUESDAY, September 15 5:30-8:00 PM

Open House: ItalCultura - the Official Language School at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
The next 10-week session of Italian language classes will begin the week of September 21st at ItalCultura! Don't miss your chance to learn Italian through their certified, experienced, native-speaking teachers! Classes are available for all skill levels and pricing is also very affordable!
Location: Italian Cultural Institute and ItalCultura, 500 N Michigan Avenue
Fee: Depending on choice of class
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.


Arabic League flag image, small Arabic
Mon, 11 - 12 PM

Russia flag image, small Russian 
Mon, 12 - 1 PM

ñ image, small Spanish

Mon, 2 - 3 PM

Japan flag image, small Japanese
Mon, 4 - 5 PM


ASL symbol image, icon size ASL
Tue, 4 - 5 PM


German flag image, icon sizeGerman

Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Greece flag image, icon size Greek
Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italy flag image, icon size Italian

Wed, 2 - 3 PM


Poland flag icon Polish 

Thurs, 1 - 2 PM 

Brazil flag image, small Portuguese

Thurs, 2 - 3 PM


Ukraine flag image, small Ukranian Student Organization
Fri, 11 - 12 PM

France flag image, small French
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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

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