For the week of September 14th, 2015

Bongeunsa Buddist Temple - Bernard Issa

Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple, Seoul, South Korea by Bernard Issa

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

International Resources Fair, Tuesday, 11-1, Lecture Center Quad!  Encourage your students to stop by and learn more about LCSL and LCLC programs and events. LCLC is hosting the LCSL table. "The International Resources Fair is a great opportunity for Chicago and UIC organizations to inform the UIC student body about available international resources and programs.  Past participants have included such regional and national organizations as the U.S. State Department, the JET Program, the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, National Hellenic Museum, the Goethe Institut, STA Travel, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Fulbright, Gilman, and Boren Scholarships."
Weekly Workshop: What happens when students read all their work on line and never print it out? Not much, sometimes... Many of them don't know how to use free programs to highlight and make comments on PDFs. No notes=lowered comprehension. We'll show you how to take notes on PDFs with free programs you many already use for other things. We'll be posting a Powerpoint How To on the LCLC website so you can download it and post on your own Blackboard site for your students.

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Annotating PDFs
Week of September 14th -September 18th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of September 14th -September 18th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1501

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend this week's LCSL 505 session. In addition to annotating PDFs, we'll be discussing the basics of creating an online teaching portfolio using Google Sites. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 this Friday, September 18th in GH 304.

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Piktochart ( is a free online tool that lets you easily create posters and infographics online. You can choose from a library of templates or design your own using the built-in library of icons, pictures, and backgrounds. Great for livening up student presentations in any class!
Examples of Student Work
 Click an image to enlarge it.

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, smallWEDNESDAY, 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, smallTHURSDAY, 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, smallFRIDAY, September 18th, 1:00-3:00 PM


Russia flag image, smallFRIDAY, 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.

Next Week's Film

Italy flag image, smallTUESDAY, September 22nd, 3:00-5:00 PM


Italy flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, September 23rd, 3:00-5:00 PM

La guerre des boutons (2011) (War of the Buttons)

Two rival packs of boys wage war in the countryside. Their ammunition: buttons. The boys’ war takes place during the Nazi occupation of France and mirrors the larger events of WWII.

Italy flag image, smallFRIDAY, September 25th, 1:00-3:00 PM


Italy flag image, smallFRIDAY, September 25th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Elena (2011) 

The film depicts the social and cultural distance between the inhabitants of an exclusive apartment in downtown Moscow and a crumbling khrushchevka in Moscow’s industrial suburb. Elena is a woman with a proletarian background who connects these disparate worlds. When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan …

Cultural Events in the City

Lithuanian flag image, smallFRIDAY, September 18th, 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 19th, 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, smallSATURDAY, September 19th, 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. Celebrate our 5th Anniversary with passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast at 9 p.m.!
Fee: $20.00

Location: The Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Click here for more information.


Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Lithuanian flag image, smallFRIDAY, September 18th - December 13th, 6:00-8:00 PM

La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead Curated by Dolores Mercado

Come celebrate the Day of the Dead with the works of over 90 artists of Mexican descent from both sides of the border. This year we are featuring the painting tradition of the Death Child and the little angels’ ritual. Folk art, paintings, and sculptures comprise the largest annual exhibition of Day of the Dead in the U.S. The exhibition will include 13 ofrendas and 116 art pieces from more than 90 artists from the U.S. and Mexico. 
Fee: Free

Location: The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19 St., Chicago, IL 60608
Click here for more information.

 Lithuanian flag image, smallMONDAY, September 21st, 8:00 PM

Paolo Angeli Performs at the Chicago World Music Festival

With his prepared Sardinian guitar, Paolo Angeli elaborates, improvises and composes unclassifiable music, suspended between free jazz, post-­folk and minimal pop.  Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and ItalCultura. (Doors open at 6pm)
Fee: Free
Location: City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Click here for more information.

Lithuanian flag image, smallTHURSDAY, September 24th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Anthony Quinn Film: Zorba the Greek (1964)

An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
Fee: $10.00 per person, includes museum admission  

Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
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 
Fri, 11 - 12 PM

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

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