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For the week of January 18, 2016

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Salzburg, Austria by Abigail Stahl
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
The LCLC is hosting the 2016 Language Symposium April 15-16, 2016. All faculty, lecturers, and grad students are encouraged to submit proposals and attend (free!). This symposium will explore blended/hybrid learning in the foreign language context. As more and more institutions move toward increasing the use/presence of online materials and decreasing face-to-face class time, teachers at all levels are creating and implementing more blended classes. Lara Lomicka, University of South Carolina, is the keynote speaker: “Finding the Perfect Blend -- Research, Tools, and Assessment." Proposal deadline: February 1, 2016. Read the CFP and submit a proposal here: 

Please help promote the Shout Out for the Humanities in your classes. These contests ask students to help promote the humanities by creating digital projects in answer to the question "Why are the humanities important to you and to society?" Deadlines are in the spring, so there's still plenty of time! If you have questions about the Shout Out, please email or contact Colleen McQuillen at 

The LCLC will be offering help with the technical aspect of these projects to students during our drop-in hours. This week, drop-in hours are Thursday 11-12 and Friday 12-1 in UH 1750
Weekly workshop: Uploading Video to Blackboard. Many of you use Sharestream to share video with your students, but this tool can do other things too! Using Sharestream, you can make media creation assignments, start a dropbox to collect student-created video and audio, add images with audio descriptions throughout Blackboard, and more. In this week's workshop we'll show you how to use these features plus a new, easier way to upload videos. Bring your syllabus and your questions! Workshops this week are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Uploading Video to Blackboard
Week of January 18th - January 22nd

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of January 18th - January 22nd

UH 1750


UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Draftback ( is a Chrome extension that lets you watch the creation of a Google Doc letter by letter. Once you install the extension, a "Draftback" button will appear when you open any doc. As long as you have permission to edit this document, clicking that button will create a video that shows you every change, no matter how small, that's been made in the document. Using this on your students' work created in Docs can help you better understand how they write - do they outline or write down main points first? are they writing in English and then translating? are they reorganizing their ideas as they write? Additionally, since students don't know if you're using Draftback, this can also be a great tool for catching copy-paste plagiarism and translation.

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 below 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.


All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Russian, 12-1
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ASL, biweekly 11-12
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Japanese, 11-12
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Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, biweekly 3-4
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Polish, 1-2
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German, 12-1
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French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
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Greek, 1-2
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Japanese, 4-5 
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Italian, 2-3

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 January 18th

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 hours.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, January 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Adieu au langage (2014) Goodbye to Language

The idea is simple. A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. However, the former husband shatters everything...

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, January 21th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Plynace wiezowce (2013) Floating Skyscrapers

The story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, January 22th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Kavkazskaya plennitsa (1967) Abduction in the Caucasus

Nerdy Shurik travels to the Caucasus in search of native legends and folklore. But what he finds is a beautiful girl...


Next week's International Films: Week of January 25th

France flag image, smallTUESDAY, January 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM


France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le goût des autres (2000) The Taste of Others

The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old actress, Clara, to tutor him in English. He finds her and her Bohemian lifestyle fascinating...

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, January 28th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Cialo (2015) Body

A busy attorney, worried that his anorexic daughter Olga might try to harm herself, since she's still grieving over her recently deceased mother, sends her to see a psychiatrist, Anna...

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, January 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Vse umrut a ya ostanus (2008) Everybody Dies but Me

Three lower-class Moscow high school girlfriends, Katya, Vika and Zhanna, learn that there will be a school disco on the coming Saturday night. They start preparations to what seems to be the most important moment in their life.


Cultural Events in the City

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 19th, 6:00 PM

Land in Sicht ( Land in Sight)

The film is a tale of mistrust and good intentions, of encounters with public authorities – whose problems stem more from their rigid bureaucratic structures than the attitudes of their staff German with English subtitles.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150. N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 19th, 6:00 PM

Bianco e Nero (2008) Black and White

This is a romantic comedy that deals with race and inter-racial relationship when the married Carlo falls in love with Nadine, the wife of his own wife's work colleague.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 20th, 6:30 PM

Made in France: Fashion on Film - Film retrospective 2015-2016

It is all about cinema being a harbinger of style. Think Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour in Yves Saint Laurent, or Audrey Hepburn going for Breakfast at Tiffany's in Givenchy.Our 2015 – 16 Film Retrospective will revisit the classics as well as what’s trending on today's big screen. 
Fee: $9
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 26th, 6:00 PM

Neuland (2013) Newland

Young migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela attend a Swiss integration class where they learn a new language and prepare for employment.
Fee: Free
Location:150 N Michigan Ave #200, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 6:00 PM

Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago will commemorate the occasion by screening the docu-film L’orologio di Monaco (Munich’s Clock) made in 2014 by Mauro Caputo. The movie originates from the short story collection written by Giorgio Pressburger.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

 German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 6:00 PM

Greek Philosophers, Founding Fathers & American Law

Richard Allen Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago, and most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, will discuss the influence of Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular, on America’s founders, laws, and institutions.
Fee: free for students; members$10; admission $15
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
Click here for more information.