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For the week of February 22, 2016

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Lyon, France
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Registration for the Chicago Language Symposium on Blended Teaching and Learning is now open! LCSL faculty, staff, and graduate students attend free. The symposium includes hands-on workshops led by LCLC staff and our keynote presenter, Dr. Lara Lomicka. Symposium dates: April 15-16. Register
here by April 1: Contact lclc@uic (or your BLP director if you teach in the BLP to get the code for free registration).
Weekly Workshop: Video Editing Made Simple. Do you want to make--or have your students make--a short video? make clips from a longer movie? add text to an existing video? This week’s workshops on basic video editing will introduce you to simple video editing with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, YouTube Editor, or TubeChop. All of these programs are FREE and are designed for beginners.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Video Editing Made Simple
Week of February 22nd-26th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of February 22nd-26th

UH 1501

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Hstry ( is an easy-to-use tool for creating interactive timelines. Unlike other timeline tools that use dates to organize events, Hstry doesn't require or even use dates. This means that you can use Hstry to have students summarize and retell events from a novel or a film in their own words, to write stories using course vocabulary, or to create self-presentations. Additionally, you can post any media (text, audio clips, YouTube videos, pictures, etc.) in a timeline. There is also an option to include small quiz tiles with ungraded multiple choice questions that allow you to give instant feedback and check comprehension, and "Did you know" pauses for supplementary information.
Hstry allows for sign-in via UIC Google Apps and has step-by-step instructions for everything including setting up the timeline and
account management that anyone - instructor or student - can follow.
With Hstry, you have multiple options for sharing with your students. You can create and manage a class in Hstry where you can post class timelines you create and have your students, who must create a Hstry account, post their timelines. Alternatively, Hstry timelines can be shared through a link or embedded into most areas of Blackboard, which does not require students to create an account.

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, *next week*
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Japanese, 11-12
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *this week*
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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 February 22th

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.

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, February 23th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Stromberg-Der Film (2014) Stromberg-The Film-dir. Arne Feldhusen

A comedy centered around the incompetent boss of a German insurance office.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 24th, 3:00-5:00 PM

L'extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette (2002) Madame Brouette-dir. Moussa Sene Absa

Madame Brouette follows the story of one poor Senegalese woman who has decided to take matters into her own hands on multiple occasions. She has to take drastic measures to save her family.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, February 25th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Poszukiwany - poszukiwana (1973) Man/Woman Wanted-dir. Stanislaw Bareja

A small painting by a relatively unknown local painter disappears from a local museum. A young art historian decides to disguise himself as a woman and take work as a maid in order to recover the painting. 

flag of RussianFRIDAY, February 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Strana glukhikh (1998) Land of the Deaf-dir. Valeriy Todorovskiy

Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt.

Next week's International Films: Week of February 29th

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, March 2nd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Mauvais sang (1986) The Night Is Young-dir. Leos Carax

A sexually transmitted disease called STBO is sweeping the country. It’s spread by having sex without emotional involvement, and most of its victims are teenagers who make love out of curiosity rather than commitment.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, March 3rd, 3:20-5:20 PM

Dom zly (2009) The Dark House-dir. Wojciech Smarzowski

The story flashes forward to an investigating team visiting a crime scene on a winter day during Martial Law in Poland.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, March 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Pro urodov i lyudey (1998) Of Freaks and Men-dir. Aleksei Bakabanov

Set in turn of the century Russia, this film is centered on two families and their decline at the hands of one man, Johann, and his pornographic endeavors.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, February 23th, 6:00 PM

Die Farbe des Ozeans (2011) Color of the Ocean

Disaster in a holiday paradise: the German tourist Nathalie witnesses a tragedy involving refugees on the Canary Islands.
German with English subtitles
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 24th, 6:30 PM

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

Made In France: Fashion on Film is all about films as harbingers of style. Think Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour in Yves Saint Laurent, or Audrey Hepburn going for Breakfast at Tiffany's in Givenchy.
Fee: $9 with a glass of wine
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

flag of GreeceSUNDAY, February 28th, 1:00 PM

Hellenic Greek Museum Tours

Brief overviews of all the exhibitions are available. Free with museum admission, no RSVP is required.
Fee: Adult: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Children:$7, Child under 3 years: Free, Member Free. 
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events 

flag of ItalyMONDAY, February 29th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Tribute to Gioachino Rossini

On the occasion of the birth of the great composer born in Pesaro on February 29, 1792, Musicologists Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University and Robert Kendrick, University of Chicago, will pay tribute to Rossini through three of his most celebrated operas.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, Suite 1450, 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60611
Click here for more information.

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, March 1st, 6:00 PM

Literaturlenz: Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

Each year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Swiss and the Austrian cultural institutions for an evening of readings in German.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

flag of GermanySATURDAY, March 5th, 10:00 AM

Learn the Ancient Art of Easter Egg Decoration

Learn the ancient art of decorating eggs using the etching technique. Attendees have to bring 6 hard-boiled dyed eggs. Guest instructor artist Rasa Ibianskiene. Fee includes instruction sheet, pattern sheet, etching knife, and free admission to the Museum. Advance registration is required.
Fee: Museum members: $10, Non-members: $15, Children under 12: $5
Location: Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60629
Click here for more information.