For the week of October 12th, 2015

  Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Digital Humanities, anyone?  LCLC is representing LCSL at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science: “Using digital writing platforms and vocabulary databases to facilitate and improve student writing.” November 13-15, full program will be available here:

Mark your calendars for TechTeach 2015 too, conveniently located in Student Center East on November 17. Abby Stahl, Dolly Weber, and Jessica Thornton (French lecturer) will present “Beyond Blackboard: Student Wikis on Google Sites.”  The full program will be posted here:  There are many sessions of interest to teachers of literature, language, culture, and linguistics!

What can a wiki do for your students? Join us for another free workshop, part of LCSL 505. We'll talk about how blogs, wikis, and social media can enhance learning and increase student engagement—and then we’ll show you how integrate them into your own teaching. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 PM this Friday, October 16th in GH 304.

"Recipe For Change" with Italian chef Bruno Abate WednesdayOctober 14th, 1-3:00 PM in GH 308. Chef Abate will present his non-profit organization that gives Cook County Jail inmates culinary skills they can use to rebuild their lives.

Weekly Workshop:  Do your students actually watch the videos you post on line? Interactive video quiz tools help keep students actively learning by including comprehension checks, annotations, and reflective open-ended questions right in the videos.  We’ll demo three video quiz tools -- Zaption, EduCanon, and EDpuzzle -- and help you find the right fit for your class. Bring a video you use or would like to use!

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop:  Blackboard Voice Tools
Week of October 12th - October 16th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of October 12th - October 16th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

What do Dante and Stanislaw Lem have in common?  A rich network of references to other texts, and difficult or unusual vocabulary, for one thing.  Rather than sending students to pre-existing notes or glosses, consider having them get actively involved by doing their own research to collaboratively build a class resource. Thinglink ( allows you to add links (text, websites, video, audio, etc.) to create interactive images. You could have students connect biographical research to an image of an author, add information to a map, or create a multimedia gloss for a short text you're reading in class. Thinglink projects can be done collaboratively and shared easily, including via Blackboard. Thinglink is also mobile-friendly and has apps for iPhone and Android. Email for more information..

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 in 308 Grant Hall: Week of October 12th

Franch flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 14th, 3:00-5:00 PM

La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (2001) The Widow of Saint Pierre

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Portuguese flag image, smallTHURSDAY, October 15th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Cidade dos Homens (2007) City of Men

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM

A Brivele der Mamen (1939)  A Little Letter to Mother

The only unhappy aspect is the viewer's after-the-fact realization that the colorful Jewish lifestyle depicted in Mamele was doomed to extinction at the hands of the Nazis.

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Careyubica (1991) Assassin of the Tsar

A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and are forced to relive the events of 1918 in order to break the spell.

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of October 19th

German flag image, smallTUESDAY, October 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Tunnel 28 (1962) Escape from East Berlin 

Kurt Schroeder (Don Murray) is a chauffeur, the young East Berliner who gets the idea of digging a tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall. But he is not thinking of himself alone, and when the time comes to use the tunnel and leave East Germany behind, he takes his family and a few dozen other people along with him.

French flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 21st, 3:00-5:00 PM

Situation amoureuse: C'est compliqué (2014) Relationship Status: It's Complicated 

Ben is a milquetoast slacker about to wed his sprightly sweetheart, Juliette. But when longtime infatuation, Vanessa, moves back to Paris and offers him a chance to finally win her over, she throws a major curveball at his love life, forcing Ben to choose between the girl he should marry and the girl who’s always been impossible to get.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 23rd, 1:00-3:00 PM

Rejs (1970) A Trip Down the River

Life in Poland is satirized in this standard comedy drama about a group of people who take a short cruise together, a brief vacation along a river before the demands of life and work are faced again...

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 23rd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Koktebelj (2003) The Roads to Koktebel

A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's ...

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.


Cultural Events in the City

 Japan flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, - October 15th

Yakuza Apocalypse

There’s sheer loopy bloodletting madness in this buffoonish tale of yakuza vampires, a gangster knitting club, and a monstrous, kung-fu-fighting velour frog. Fans of Miike (13 ASSASSINS, ZEBRAMAN), Japan’s mixmaster of genre excess, will not be disappointed in bizarro action that challenges the very concept of over-the-topness with a non-stop gush of fever-dream invention. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Fee: $11 (member $6)

Location: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 
Click here for more information.

German flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 7:30 PM

Stammtisch Open Haus - DANKtoberfest

Continue the Oktoberfest season at Chicago's German American Cultural Center with live entertainment and free admission. Paloma Band Chicago brings a festive atmosphere filled with sing-a-longs, yodeling, and your opportunity to graduate from cowbell school. This evening is the final night to enjoy the amazing rooftop Terrasse before winter.
Fee: Free 
Location: 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 
Click here for more information.

 France flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 17th, 1:00 PM

Samedi à l'Opéra de Paris

Discover on screen the lyric and choreographic masterpieces of l’Opéra national de Paris most recent season. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at l’entracte… just like at the Palais Garnier! What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon? Hosted by Randy Williams.
Fee: $15 ($10 Members)
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Cultural Events

Italian flag image, smallTUESDAY, October 20th, 6:00 PM

Ethnic Italian Records

Presentation of "Ethnic Italian Records: Analysis, conservation and restoration of the repertoire of Italian-American emigration on 78 vinyl LPs" by researcher and author Giuliana Fugazzotto. Presented on the occasion of the 15th annual Italian Language Week in the World, in collaboration with ItalCultura and Biblioteca Nazionale di Sardegna.
Fee: Free (Must RSVP at
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

Greek flag image, smallSUNDAY, October 25th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Anthony Quinn Film: Guns of Navarone

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.
Fee: $10.00 per person, includes museum admission
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
Click here for more information.

Chinese flag image, smallSUNDAY, October 25th, 3:00 PM

31st Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius

Now in its 31st year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition has introduced young musicians to the rich heritage of Chinese culture through music. Alumni of this program have gone on to attend some of the country’s best music conservatories, and many have even developed highly successful professional music careers.
Fee: Free 
Location: Merit School of Music , 38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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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