For the week of October 26th, 2015


Chef Bruno Abate speaks to Italian students about his "Recipe for Change" program


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Register for Tech Teach! This *FREE* annual conference highlights successes and opportunities in using technology in teaching and learning. LCSL participants will be presenting two sessions "Beyond Blackboard: Student Wikis on Google Sites" (Elizabeth Weber, Jessica Thornton and Abby Stahl - French/LCLC) and "Vidhub and Kahoot: Online Discussion and In-Class Activities with Video" (Robert Ryder and Zachary Fitzpatrick - German). TechTeach is November 17thClick here to register.
Are you interested in the digital humanities? Registration is now open for the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities & Computer Science. This *FREE* conference will be held November 13-15 at the University of Chicago. Click here for the program and registration form.
Editing video workshop: Join us for another free workshop, part of LCSL 505. In addition to continuing our discussion of blogs, wikis, and social media, we'll also be learning how to edit video in YouTube and exploring a few video annotation tools. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 PM this Friday, October 30th in GH 304.
TODAY, MONDAY October 26th, 3:30-5, The Institute for the Humanities in Stevenson Hall.
Encourage your grad and undergrad students to participate in the "Shout Out for the Humanities."
This contest, organized at UIC by LCSL's Colleen McQuillen, offers cash prizes for the best student-produced projects that promote the humanities. An information session and creativity workshops will be held today (October 26th) from 3:30-5 at the Institute for the Humanities in Stevenson Hall. For more information including a list of LCLC-recommended digital tools, visit the contest website:

Weekly Workshop: It's that time of the semester where you may be asking your students to do some research. Why not show them tools that both you and they can use to keep track of references and correctly format citations? This week's workshop will focus on two popular, *FREE* reference management tools, Zotero and RefWorks. The LCLC will guide you through both tools and help you understand their main features and differences.

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

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Reference Management Tools
Week of October 26th - October 30th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of October 26th - October 30th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Comic strips and storyboards to hone analysis and foster creativity: Have your students use one of these free comic strip or storyboard sites to demonstrate their understanding of a text or a scene by boiling it down to the four most important moments, for example. Encourage them to find both their inner literary/cultural critic and their inner artist.

Post all the comic strips/storyboards on a class wiki and have students vote on the strip that best communicates the plot of the story. Here's an example:

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Summary of a short story from a UIC 200-level French course

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 26th

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.

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of November 2nd

French flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, November 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) The Young Girls of Rochefort

In the little town of Rochefort live Delphine and Solange Garnier, two musical twins who teach music and dance to children. One day, Etienne and Bill arrive in town and need the twins' help with a song and dance number. Also, the famous piano-player Andy Miller comes to town to help an old friend.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, November 6th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Sailor (2010)

This film is the portrait of an egotistical, politically incorrect, misanthropic academic, and his torrid romantic entanglements. He is anti-hero who may or may not be a skewed alter ego of Norman Leto, Sailor’s one-man-band director.

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, November 6th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Nostalghia (1983) Nostalgia

A Russian poet is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer when he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family to save them from the evils of the world. Andrei becomes drawn to him...

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, 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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

Spanish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, November 5th, 6:00 PM

Voices without borders

Jorge Volpi (Mexico, 1968) is the author of the novels, La Paz de los Sepulcros (The Peace of the Graves) and El Temperamento Melancólico (The Melancholic Temperament).  With En Busca de Klingsor (winner of the Biblioteca Breve and Deux Océans-Grinzane Covour awards)  he started a “Twentieth Century Trilogy,” which was followed up by El Fin de la Locura and No Será la Tierra
Location: Instituto Cervantes Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St., 60654 Chicago Illinois

Click here for more information.

French flag image, smallExhibition on view through December 22nd


Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands. Renefer’s works included illustrated correspondence with his ​daughter – a unique testimony from a father to a daughter about life in the trenches.
Fee: Free 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Click here for more information.

Italian flag image, smallTHURSDAY, November 5, 6:00 PM

"Supporting an Ally: American Forces in Italy, 1918"

Jonathan Casey, Archivist and Edward Jones Research Center Manager at the WWI Museum in Kansas City, will speak about the role of the American Army in Italy at the time. He will draw from several collections of US soldiers who served in various locations in Italy, using excerpts from letters, photos, service records, photos.
Fee: Free
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
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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