For the week of October 19th, 2015

  Shanxi by Anci Cao

Shanxi, China by Anci Cao


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,


The Dept. of French and Francophone Studies is happy to welcome Kerith Iverson, Governmental and Public Affairs Officer of the Quebec Governmental Office in Chicago to present the Quebec Governmental Office and talk about different study and research opportunities for Chicago college students in the province of Quebec. If you speak French (whether you are now taking French classes or not), join us Tuesday, October 20 at 5pm in Grant Hall 308.  

Weekly Workshop: Do your students write papers or complete other assignments that you need to collect? If so, the Blackboard Assignment feature is for you. Using Blackboard Assignments, you can paperlessly and easily collect students' work, keep track of who has turned what in, check for plagiarism with SafeAssign, and even securely read, comment on – using typed and written notes, underlining, highlighting, and more! - and grade student work. Best of all you can always have access to these assignments in one centralized location. This week’s workshop will show you all the possibilities of this feature and help you use it effectively in your courses.

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop:  Blackboard Assignments
Week of October 19th - October 23rd

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of October 19th - October 23rd

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Using audio on Blackboard does not have to mean using Voiceboard! Help your students improve their listening comprehension by replacing written questions and prompts with audio. Vocaroo ( is an easy-to-use web based tool that lets you record and save your own audio files, which can then be added to most any Blackboard tool. You can orally ask students what they thought of the reading, what they think will happen next in the film, or which character they like best with audio and have them write their responses in blog posts, wiki entries, or papers. Or, if you want to have your students work on their speaking skills, you can have them record using Vocaroo and add their audio to blogs, wikis, discussion boards, and more.

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 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 ...

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of October 23rd

German flag image, smallTUESDAY, October 27th, 12:30-3:00 PM

Der Tunnel (2001) The Tunnel

Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. On his own escape, he is determined the arrange the escape to the West of his sister and her family.

French flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 28th, 3:00-5:00 PM

"Banlieue 13" (2004) District B 13 

A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands.

Portuguese flag image, smallTHURSDAY, October 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Senna (2011)

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 30th, 1:00-3:00 PM

A selection of Polish documentary shorts

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 30th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Dnevnoy Dozor (2006) Day Watch

A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

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

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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

Italian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 27th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion Creative Empathy in Contemporary Design

A conversation with Massimo Iosa Ghini, Mario Cuccinella and Aldo Cibic about their experiences and challenges in the application of sustainability today.This event is presented in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency, Confindustria Ceramica and Confindustria Marmomacchine on the occasion of the 1st annual Chicago Biennial.
Fee: Free and open to public (a reception will follow)
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

Chinese flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 28th, 7:30 PM

The 8 Tones (Silk)

The first installment of the 8 Tones: An Exploration series, Silk will explore instruments such as the guzheng, erhu, and pipa. In collaboration with Roosevelt University, the concert will featured faculty from the Shengyang Conservatory in China, as well as Roosevelt University professors.
Fee: Free
Roosevelt University Ganz Hall, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Click here for more information.

 German flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 30th, 7:45 PM

Loos Ornamental: A film by Heinz Emigholz

Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) was one of the pioneers of European Modernist architecture. His vehement turn against ornamentation on buildings triggered a controversy in architectural theory. The development of his “spatial plan” launched a new way of thinking about spaces to be built.
Fee: General Admission $11, Students $7, SAIC Students & Faculty $5
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
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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