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For the week of March 28, 2016

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Fez, Morocco
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Chicago Language Symposium at UIC: Register by this FRIDAY, APRIL 1 for FREE!  Presentations about creating and evaluating online components for language classes, including presentations by LCSL faculty and graduate students: Dr. Susanne Rott, Anci Cao, Silvia Fortuna Dias, Victoria Derevyanskaya, and Tetyana Dzyadevych: April 15-16. Full schedule here: Register 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: Blackboard Wikis, Blogs, Journals, Video Blogs The end of the semester is not far off. Are you 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! This week's workshops are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Blackboard Wikis, Blogs, Journals, Video Blogs
Week of March 28th-April 1st

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of March 28th-April 1st

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UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

ViewPure ( is a free, easy-to-use website that allows you to view YouTube videos without distractions. You can either search for your video or enter a link and remove all of the clutter - ads, recommended videos, comments, and more! Once you've got the "purified" video, you can use the new web adress just like a regular YouTube link, no special account required. Great for showing videos in 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 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, *April 5*
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German, 12-1
flag of Italy
Italian Club, 1-2
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Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *April 4*
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Polish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
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French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
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Italian, 2-3
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Japanese, 4-5 

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 March 21st

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.

This week's International Films: Week of March 28th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, March 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Wir sind jung. wir sind stark (2014) We Are Young. We Are Strong.

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children on what has since become known as "The Night of the Fire." The riots became a symbol for xenophobia in the just recently reunited Germany. This film recounts the incident from the perspectives of three very different characters.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY. March 30th, 3:00-5:00 PM

United Passions (2014)

Follows the passing of the FIFA baton through three association presidents: Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange, and Sepp Blatter.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, March 31st, 3:20-5:20 PM

Bariera (1966) Barrier

A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, April 1st, 3:00-5:00 PM

Stilyagi (2008) Hipsters

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity.


Next week's International Films: Week of April 4th


flag of FranceWEDNESDAY. April 6th, 3:00-5:00 PM

L'armée du salut (2013) Salvation Army

In a working class neighborhood in Casablanca, Abdellah, a homosexual teen, tries to build his own life within his big family, caught between an authoritarian mother and an older brother, who he adores.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, April 7th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Wodzirej (1966) Top Dog

An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to get a job he thinks will launch him into a better career.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, April 1st, 3:00-5:00 PM

Pervye na Lune (2005) First on the Moon

This mockumentary mixes real and flawlessly fake archival footage revealing the "secret" story of the Soviet cosmonauts who tried to beat the Americans to the moon by thirty years.

Cultural Events in the City

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19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to our 19th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival. It’s your ticket to experiencing the creativity and vibrant cultures of all twenty-eight EU nations from the comfort of your theater seat. Chicago premieres of 62 new features distinguish this largest showcase in North America for cinema from European Union nations.
Fee: per film $11, students $7, member $6
Location: 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

Spanish nWEDNESDAY, March 30th, 8:30-10:30 PM

Uxia & Narf 2016 U.S. Tour in Chicago

Uxia and Narf are touring the U.S. together for the first time, performing their acclaimed Bladas da Galiza imaxinaria program. Their joint musical project features classics from both musicians.
Fee: Free
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL 60625
Click here for more information.

flag of FranceTHURSDAY, March 31st, 6:30 PM

Festival de la Francophonie: Soirée Roumanie

Learn to cook like a Romanian! Au menu...a demonstration and degustation of the best Romanian cuisine!
Fee: Free
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
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flag of GreeceSUNDAY, April 3rd, 2:00-3:00 PM

Tour and Craft for Families

Join us every Sunday at 2PM for a tour and craft for ages 6 and up. Tour themes and crafts rotate to include all current exhibitions. No reservation is required.
Fee: Free with Museum Addmission - Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Members: Free
Location: The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
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Next week's Cultural Events

flag of ItalyTHURSDAY, April 7th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Umberto Boccioni: A Protagonist of Futurism and His Influence on Italian Postwar Art

The talk is devoted to the Italian painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni (Reggio Calabria 1882 – Chievo 1916), one of the pivotal avant-garde artists of early 20th century. The year 2016 marks the first centennial of his precocious accidental death, in his early 30s: in spite of the short span of his lifetime, his creative intuitions and realizations were revolutionary in his own age, and his influence on following artists was crucial.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
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flag of JapanTHURSDAY, April 7th, 6:00-7:30 PM

Shurikenjutsu and Me

This seminar will introduce shuriken (Japanese star throwing) and Fundo kusari of Meifu Shikage Ryu. There will be a demonstration of this art as well as a demonstration of Origami.
Fee: Free for students; all others $10
Location: Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago IL 60657
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flag of PolandFRIDAY, April 8th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Karski & The Lords of Humanity Movie

Using a groundbreaking technique that combines unique archival footage with animated sequences, Emmy-winning filmmaker Slawomir Grünberg, re-creates the death-defying mission of Jan Karski, the Polish underground courier who travelled across occupied Europe, infiltrating the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi transit camp to deliver eyewitness accounts of the unfolding Holocaust to the Allied powers. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Fee: $10
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
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