For the week of September 21st, 2015

Colors of San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico by Michelle Bérubé

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Weekly Workshop: Getting the most out of GoogleApps@UIC. GoogleApps are more than just email. They include easy-to-use online alternatives to many Microsoft Office tools, as well as a website builder, cloud storage, and more! Most importantly, GoogleApps can be accessed by logging in with a UIC ID and password and are FERPA compliant. In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to the major components of the GoogleApps@UIC suite of tools and highlight their useful attributes for teaching language and culture at all levels. As always, we'll help you figure out the best tool for your project, so bring your syllabus or an idea with you!

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Getting the most out of GoogleApps@UIC
Week of September 21st - September 25th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of September 21st -September 25th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

Did you miss last week's workshop? You can find the slideshow from the workshop on our website at

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Free dictionary add-ons for Google Chrome. When students read and write online, they use dictionaries. Switching between websites wastes time and breaks concentration, hampering reading comprehension and coherent writing. Here are two tips on how to optimize students' online experience (and your own!) using extensions in Google Chrome.

- Use the Google Dictionary extension to translate foreign words or define English words. Watch this short video created by Dr. Susanne Rott to learn more:

- Use the WordReference extension to have a detailed multi-lingual dictionary and verb conjugator anytime you need it without having to leave the page you’re on. Great for reading and writing online:

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

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

Zurück auf los! (2000) (Return to Go!)

After Sam, a penniless Afro-German singer, discovers he's HIV positive, he gets utterly drunk, spends a few miserable days, but promptly falls (back) in love. Amidst a crumbling former East...

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.

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

Smierc jak kromka chleba (1994) (Death as a Slice of Bread)

The violence and high drama of this film is taken directly from recent Polish history. On December 13, 1981 national security forces swoop down on unsuspecting workers of the Wujek mine and...

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 …

Next Week's Film

Italy flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, September 30th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Bande de Filles (2014) Girlhood

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Portuguese flag image, smallTHURSDAY, October 1st, 3:00-5:00 PM

Cidade de Deus (2002) (City of God)

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 2nd, 1:00-3:00 pm

Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc’ (1990) Escape from 'Liberty' Cinema

During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 2nd, 3:00-5:00 PM


Cultural 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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

Franch flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, September 30th, 6:30 PM

Film Retrospective 2015-16 “ Barbarella” by Roger Vadim with J.P. Anderson

Made In France: Fashion on Film is all about cinema being a harbinger of style.  Think Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour in Yves Saint Laurent, or Audrey Hepburn going for Breakfast at Tiffany's in GivenchyFrom the French New Wave’s gamines to the glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age, our 2015 – 16 Film Retrospective will revisit the classics as well as what’s trending on today's big screen. With guest speakers from Chicago's fashion scene and beyond... Made in France is Made for You!
Fee: Free with a glass of French wine (need to register: )
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Click here for more information.

Spanish flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, September 30th, 7:30 PM

University of Illinois at Chicago Orchestra - Javier José Mendaza, Conductor

The UIC Orchestra is comprised of both music majors and non-majors from across the campus community. The players share a love of music, and a passion for playing great orchestral repertoire. The 2015-2016 academic year is the second season for the orchestra to perform as a full orchestra.
Fee: Pay what you wish

Location: Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607
Click here for more information.

Italian flag image, smallTHURSDAY, October 1st, 7:00 PM

 Art League Meeting – “Show & Tell”

Casa Italia Art League is to promote art and creativity, encourage growth and networking, with an emphasis on artists of Italian heritage. We aim to share our talents with the world hoping to make a positive impact in our communities and the people around us. Membership is open to all artists, art educators, and art enthusiasts.
Location: @Casa Italia Chicago, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL
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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