For the week of September 7th, 2015

Forbidden City, Beijing, China by Michelle Berube 

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Weekly Workshop: Easy websites for student projects.  Want your students to create public or private websites? We'll give show you four free and easy website creation platforms: Wordpress, Google Sites, Wix, and Weebly. We'll help you compare them and decide which platform is right for your needs and your students. Bring a syllabus or idea for an activity. For example, in a literature class, a student or group of students might write weekly prose poems in reaction to the works they read.  In a language class, students might create sites where they collect articles, images, videos about topics that interest them.

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Easy website creation
Week of September 7th -September 11th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of September 7th -September 11th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750


A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

scrible ( is a free extension for Chrome that lets you highlight and add notes to websites. When you activate the extension on a page you want to mark up, a small, easy-to-use toolbar appears at the top or bottom of your screen. You can print your annotations, share them by Facebook or email, or save them by creating a free account. With an account you can also create and curate a library of websites and annotations accessible anytime from any computer via their website.


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

Brazil flag image, small TUESDAY, September 8th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Lola rennt (1998) (Run Lola Run)

In this visually and conceptually impressive film, two-bit Berlin criminal Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) delivers some smuggled loot for his boss, Ronnie (Heino Ferch), but accidentally leaves the 100,000 mark payment in a subway car. Given 20 minutes to come up with the money, he calls his girlfriend, Lola (Franka Potente), who sprints through the streets of the city to try to beg the money out of her bank manager father (Herbert Knaup) and get to Manni before he does something desperate.

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.

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


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

Dvenadtsat stulev (1971) (Twelve Chairs, Part Two)

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 16th, 3:00- 5:00 PM

Le démantèlement (2013) (The Auction)

Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Bouchard & Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One day, the oldest asks him for some financial support so she doesn't end up losing her house.

Brazil flag image, small THURSDAY, September 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Central do Brasil (1998) (Central Station)

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Poland flag image, small FRIDAY, September 18th, 1:00-3:00 PM


Russia flag image, small FRIDAY, September 18th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Igla (1988) (The Needle)

Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He decides to help her kick the habit and to fight the local drug maphia responsible for her condition. But Moro finds a deadly opponent in "the doctor," the maphia kingpin who is exploiting Dina.

Cultural Events in the City

Italy flag image, small WEDNESDAY, September 9th, 6:15-8:00 PM

 Fall Open House-Come and Learn about Alliance

Immerse yourself in all things French from cinema to current events, history and literature and even cooking and fashion! Take a free class. Find one that suits you. Meet teachers and fellow students, and discover how learning meets joie de vivre at our Fall Open House!
Fee: Free

Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
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.
Fee: Free
LocationUnion League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., French Room #710, Chicago, IL 60604
Click here for more information.

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

Summer Film Series: Brides

Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.
Fee: $10.00 per person, includes museum admission
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661

Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Lithuanian flag image, small  FRIDAY, September 18, 2:30 PM

Contemporary Art in Italy: Today
Presented as part of EXPO Chicago 2015, this panel will address the question of national context in an increasingly globalized world. Featuring some of today’s most influential voices on Italian culture working today, this panel presents a united statement concerning the status of contemporary art in Italy for the first time in recent years in the United States.  Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and ItalCultura.
Fee: Free

Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.
Lithuanian flag image, smallSATURDAY, September 19, 5:00-10:00 pm
Chinatown Night Market

The Chinatown Night Market will not only have delicious Asian food and a wide range of merchants but also exciting night market games with prizes to win. Food vendors attending include Go 4 Food, Kung Fu Tea Chicago, Naansense, PIKO TRUCK, Sweet Station, Vora, and Yum Dum Truck! Music provided by DJ Krazy and DJ Granite.
Fee: Free
Location:2155 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Click here for more information.

Lithuanian flag image, small SATURDAY, September 19, 7:00-11:00 pm

Art for Heart Opening (Exhibition)

The Opening Night Gala kicks off the show on Saturday, September 19th. From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., enjoy an opportunity to meet the artists while DJ Bart Zielinski provides ambiance for amazing food, a cash bar, silent auction, and raffle prizes. Admission will be $20. Celebrate our 5th Anniversary with passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast at 9 p.m.!

Location:The Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
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

Every Other Tue, 4 - 5 PM

(Starting from Sept. 1st)


German flag image, icon size German

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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