For the week of September 28th, 2015

Catherdral - Seville, Spain

Cathedral - Seville, Spain

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend this week's LCSL 505 session. We'll be discussing creating online blended materials and quizzes on Blackboard. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 this Friday, October 2 in GH 304.
Weekly Workshop: Did you know you can create videos using only your computer? Free screencasting software lets you (and your students) easily produce videos for tutorials or student presentations. During this workshop, we'll show you how to use our favorite screencasting tools and help you develop ideas for using them in your teaching. Here's an example of a Jing video tutorial: How to use WordReference:

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop:  Narrated Presentations
Week of September 28th - October 2nd

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of September 28th - October 2nd

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Are you worried that online learning tools make you seem too distant from your students? Are you afraid your emails are being overlooked? The solution: use an avatar. Avatars are small images that appear along with your name on many email, blog, and social media platforms. Even Blackboard now allows for the use of avatars! While any image can be an avatar, to truly set yourself apart and create an online presence you can easily design a free avatar that looks like you with sites like DoppelMePicassoHead, or PickaFace.

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, 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

Ivan Vasiljevic manjam profesije (1973) Ivan Vasilievich Changes Professions

Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th ...


Next Week's Film

German flag image, smallTUESDAY, October 6th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Das Leben der Anderen (2006) (The Lives of Others)

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

French flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 7th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Laurence anyways (2012) 

Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support his transformation...

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Pavoncello (1967) & The Story of Triumphant Love (1969)

Polish Film Series presents two early short films, Pavoncello (1967) and The Story of Triumphant Love (1969), directed by Andrzej Zulawski. The former short film depicts an old, rich man who brings his wife to Italy only to have her indulge in a casual affair with a Italian violinist. The latter short film depicts two friends who visit Fabiusz's mansion, one of them having been in love with his wife a long time ago...

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Agonija (1975) Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin 

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

Cultural Events in the City

This 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 (must register in advance: )
Location54 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.


Next Week's Cultural Events

German flag image, smallMONDAY, October 5th -  SUNDAY, January 3rd, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Weltstadt-Who creates the city?

This exhibition is a curated selection from the WELTSTADT exhibition which was initially presented at the Deutsche Architektur Zentrum in Berlin in May of 2014.

Visual impressions from the ten different WELTSTADT projects in 16 cities around the world are organized into five subcategories: New Civil Society, City as a Collective Performance, New Middle Class, Informal Formal Strategies and Self-Organization and Public Administration. The exhibition features videos and newspapers from the ten projects inspiring visitors to become active and creative in their own cities through different approaches and constellations.
Location: Goethe- Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

 Chinese flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 10th, 2:00 PM

A Year of Fascination with Food & Fun

Learn the basics of go! Go master Mr. Xinming Guo with host a fun workshop. He is a Weiqi/Guo game amateur 2Dm and an Illinois licensed math teacher and founder of Go and Math Academy. He is a recipient of “ Teacher of the Year “ by American Go Foundation in 2015.
Fee: $12 for non-members, $8 for students and seniors (Space is limited. RSVP your place)
Location: Chinese- American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St, Chicago IL 60616
Click here for more information.

 Japan flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 10th, - October 12th

Boruto: Naruto The Movie

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.
Fee: $15
Location: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 
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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