For the week of November 16th, 2015


"From the Asylum to the Heights: Disablement, Folly, Love, Mysticism in the Poetry of Alda Merini"
Italian-sponsored presentation by Luca Badetti

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Don't forget! TechTeach is TOMORROW, November 17th in SCE and will include presentations by German and French/LCLC faculty, lecturers, and grad students.
Weekly Workshop: Looking for the best way for your students to do end-of-the-semester projects? Is an individualized blog what you need? Or does a collaborative wiki better fit your assignment? Maybe you want something more interactive using video? This week’s workshop will help you decide what Blackboard tool – wikis, blogs, journals, or video blogs – best fit your needs and show you how to set it up. Bring your questions, syllabus, project ideas!

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. 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. This week's drop-in hours will be Wednesday 2-3 and Thursdays 12-1 in UH 1750.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Blogs, Wikis, Journals, or Video Blogs?
Week of November 16th - November 20th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of November 16th - November 20th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 12-1
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Streaming web radio is a great tool for language students at all levels. Beginning students can listen to their favorite type of music and gain exposure to the target language through commercials and songs. More advanced students can practice their comprehension skills and gain a broader appreciation for the cultures of their target language by listening to talk and news radio programs. 

TuneIn ( is a FREE service that streams over 100,000 radio stations and millions of podcasts from all over the world. It allows users to search by language or location and make lists of favorite stations. Apps are available for all mobile devices in addition to the website.

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 16th

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

Le tableau (2011) The Painting

In this animated film, characters in paintings explore the meaning of life and escape from their frames to seek their creator, the mysterious Painter.

German flag image, small **NEW DATE** THURSDAY, November 19th, 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. Introduction by Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke.

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.

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

French flag image, small WEDNESDAY, November 25th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Casse-tête chinois (2013) Chinese Puzzle

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

There will be no films November 26th-27th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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, 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 Haus 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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

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

A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire

Fourteen paintings and related works on paper including pieces from a Chicago-based private collection have never been before displayed in a museum. 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.

Italian flag thumbnail begins FRIDAY, November 27th

The Wonders (Le meraviglie)

2014 Cannes Grand Prix Winner. Young Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher’s (Corpo Celeste) entrancing, richly textured drama centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside whose household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.
Fee: $10
Location: Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
Click here for more information.

Chinese flag thumbnail FRIDAY, November 27th, 5:30PM and TUESDAY, December 1st, 6:00PM

Breaking News (Dai si gin)

In this expertly choreographed combo of cop thriller and media satire by Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To, a newsman’s camera catches a bungled police raid that downs two cops, and the image-conscious commissioner goes ballistic at the department's public humiliation. Hiring a clutch of spin doctors and a film director, she launches a risky media circus around the next big operation, a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game in which the perps turn out to be every bit as media savvy as the good guys. In Cantonese with English subtitles. The December 1st screening will include a lecture by School of the Art Institute instructor Fred Camper.
Fee: $11  (Students: $7 with ID; Members: $5)
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, 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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