For the week of November 9th, 2015



Puerto Rico - Fortifications of San Juan, by Michelle Berube

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Lots of digital humanities events coming up!
TechTeach (free registration open until Wednesday, see below): presentations from German and French/LCLC faculty, lecturers, and grad students.
Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities... starts on Friday, Nov 13.  Free registration!  Literature scholars take note--presentations (in addition to LCLC's) include: Graphing Character Networks: The Example of Hugo’s Les MisérablesNarrative Video Games as Scholarly Public History; Early Modern Information Overload: Commonplaces and Compilations in Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
And Shout out for the humanities preparations continue.  Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to LCLC Drop-in hours, this week Wednesday 2-3 and Thursday 10-11 in 1750.


TechTeach FREE registration extended to November 11Are you curious about using mobile devices in the classroom? Are you wondering about how to set up an online course? Yearn to know more about Blackboard? Come to TechTeach Tuesday, November 17th in SCE: Free lucnh, lots of info! Register here:

Weekly Workshop: Cloud services let you store and access your content anytime from anywhere. The tools they offer are a great way to encourage collaboration outside of class! In this week’s workshop we’ll explore two different free cloud-based systems – Google Drive and Box – and show you how you can use them to create collaborative opportunities in your course. With these tools, students can work on writing assignments, peer editing/assessment, slideshows, and much more. These tools can also let you provide feedback and input to your students on a variety of projects more quickly and easily without having to worry about losing paper copies or email attachments!

Workshops this week are Tuesday 1-2PM and Wednesday 10-11AM, in Grant Hall 304 (or email for information).
LCLC offers tech help for Shout Out for the Humanities projects in UH: Grad and undergrad students working on the Shout Out for the Humanities contests are invited to LCLC's drop-in hours: Wednesdays 2-3 and Thursdays 10-11 in UH 1750. LCLC RAs will answer technology questions related to these projects. Please announce this opportunity to your graduate and undergraduate students and encourage them to participate in the Shout Out for the Humanities: support the humanities and try for CASH prizes! (more info here: Deadlines are in February and March 2016.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Cloud Collaboration with Google Drive and Box
Week of November 9th - November 13th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of November 9th - November 13th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

TechTip: VideoAnt ( is a collaborative video annotation tool that allows you and your students to take and share time-stamped notes on any YouTube video. Students could watch a documentary on education in Japan and comment on key points, ask questions, or reply to questions already asked. You could have them compare film versions of books you've read with the original text and note and discuss the importance of changes between the two version. Or, if you have students create videos as part of your class, they (and you) can use VideoAnt to give feedback and guidance on editing and revising. Signing up for VideoAnt is easy and can be done with your UIC Google account. See for more ideas on how you might be able to use this easy to use tool in your class.

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 November 9th

French flag image, small WEDNESDAY, November 11th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Dans la maison (2012) In the House

A highschool French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

Brazilian flag image, small THURSDAY, November 12th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Tropa de Elite (2007) Elite Squad

Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazilian flag image, small FRIDAY, November 13th,  1:00-3:00 PM


Zly chlopiec (1950) The Bad Boy

I Go to the Sun

Przekladaniec (1968) Layer Cake

Pogoda domu niechaj bedzie zToba (1979)

Brazilian flag image, small FRIDAY, November 13th, 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...

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of November 16th

German flag image, smallTUESDAY, November 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Hanna Arendt (2013)

The movie is a look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

France flag image, small WEDNESDAY, November 18th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le tableau (2011) The Painting

Three characters of different social classes escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, November 20th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Seksmisja (1984) Sexmission

Two men volunteer for a cryogenics experiment expecting to be revived in a couple of years. Instead, they are revived several years in the future, in a world with only women which is run by the League of Women's Lib. 

Russian flag image, small FRIDAY, November 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Brat 2 (2000) Brother 2

Chechen war veteran turned gangster Danila meets up with a few of his Army buddies while appearing on a TV chat show about the conflict.

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 

Polish flag image, small through January 17th, 4:00 PM

Watercolors from the collection of Alfons Karny

The exhibition features 50 original watercolors collected by Alfons Karny, owned by the Jacek Fraczak Family, and held on deposit by the Alfons Karny Museum of Sculpture in BiaƂystok, Poland. The PMA exhibition is the second of a limited three-city tour in the United States.
Fee: $10 (PMA Members: $5)
Location: The Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Click here for more information.

Japanese flag image, small TUESDAY, November 10th, 6:00 PM

Soshun (Early Spring)

Haunting sequences of office life and commuter trains highlight Ozu’s evocative white-collar blues about a young man who seeks escape from his stifling job and marriage by embarking on an affair with a vivacious typist named Goldfish. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
Fee: $11  (Member: $5)
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street , Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

 Spanish flag image, small WEDNESDAY, November 11th  through February 21st, 10:30-5:00 PM

Andean Art in the Spanish Empire

Fourteen paintings and related works on paper—including pieces from a Chicago-based private collection never before displayed in a museum, as well as important loans from the Newberry Library and Denver Art Museum—introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Fee: $14 (student), $20 (adult)
Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60603
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Cultural Events

 Japan flag image, small TUESDAY, November 17th, 6:15-8:00 PM


Bibliobattle is an intellectual entertainment competition, founded at Kyoto University, that is growing its popularity in Japan. Though the event itself is quite simple and easy to host, Bibliobattle's popularity has grown in Japan to a point where they host national championships with representatives from across the nation.
Fee: Free
Location:Japan Information Center 737 N.Michigan Ave. Suite 1000. Chicago, Il 60611
Click here for more information.

 German flag image, small FRIDAY, November 20th, 7:30 PM

Stammithch Open Hous with Egerlaender Dance Group

On the third Friday of every month the DANK Haus hosts a Stammtisch on the 6th floor in the beautiful Skyline Lounge. We invite everyone to the Haus to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Each night has a theme to get the conversations started from trivia and game nights to Elvis and German bands. It is a great night for dancing, drinking and eating. Alle sind Willkommen!
Location:DANK Haus German American Cultural Center , 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Click here for more information.

 Greek flag image, small SATURDAY, November 21st and December 5th through December 12th

Greek Dance Classes

Learn traditional and celebrational Greek dances! All classes cover the basic Pan-Hellenic dances: Kalamatiano, Xasaposerviko, and Tsamiko at the beginning of the session. Classes are offered for students ages 15 and up on Saturdays from 4-5 pm. Drop-in students of all dance abilities are welcome.
Fee: $10 per class, (members $8)
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
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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