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For the week of April 4, 2016

Russian Conversation Hour
Students practice their Russian in the Language Oasis
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Chicago Language Symposium at UIC: 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 DzyadevychApril 15-16. Full schedule here: Register:
Weekly workshop - Online Oral Presentations and Exams: save class time and do them online. Maybe you’d like to have students orally present their ideas for a final paper or presentation but don’t have time to meet individually. In this week's workshop we'll show you four different ways to create online oral presentations and exams for your students with tools that work on any computer in any web browser, and help you think about how you can use these tools in your class for Spring 2016 or Fall 2017. Workshops are Tuesdays 11-12 and Wednesdays 1-2 in Grant Hall 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop:  Online Oral Presentations and Exams
Week of April 4th-April 8th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 4th-April 8th

UH 1750

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction ( is an online database of over 450 free illustrations designed specifically for use in foreign-language classes. These illustrations depict places, objects, verbs, and situations and can be customized to fit any language or task.

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, *this week*
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German, 12-1
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Italian Club, 1-2
flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *this week*
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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 April 4th

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

L'armée du salut (2013) Salvation Army-dir. Abdellah Taia

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-dir. Feliks Falk

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-dir. Aleksey Fedorchenko

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.

Next week's International Films: Week of April 11th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, April 12th, 3:00-5:00 PM


flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, April 13th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Diplomatie (2014) Diplomacy-dir. Volker Schlondorff

In 1945, Raoul Nordling, the Swedish consul-general in Paris, meets with Dietrich von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, April 14th,  3:20-5:20 PM

Rewizja osobista (1973) Personal Search-dir. Witold Leszczynski

flag of RussianFRIDAY, April 15th, 3:00-5:00PM

Acca (1988) Assa-dir. Sergey Solovev

ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid-eighties. A young musician falls for mobster’s young mistress. The parallel story line involves an 18th century assassination plot.

Cultural Events in the City

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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Next week's Cultural Events

flag of FranceTUESDAY, April 12th, 6:30-8:00 PM

Free Spring Open House

Immerse yourself in all things French from cinema to current events, history and literature and even cooking and fashion! Take a free class. Find one that suits you. Meet teachers and fellow students, and discover how learning meets joie de vivre.
Fee: Free
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
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flag of GermanyTUESDAY, April 12th, 6:00 PM

Migration - Integration - Refuge- dir. Yasemin Samdereli

Huseyin Yilmaz came to Germany from Turkey in 1964, and later brought his wife and children. With warmth and a sense of humor, his granddaughter recounts their family history...
German with English subtitles
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
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flag of GreeceTHURSDAY, April 14th, 6:30-8:30 PM

The World's Oldest Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

Dr. John Seiradakis, Radio Astronomer and Physics Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, will discuss the work of an international team of experts who used 21st century technology to decode the truth behind the world’s first computer.
Fee: Admission: $15, Members: $10, Students: $5
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
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