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For the week of October 24, 2016

Students participate in Japanese Conversation Hour


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The LCLC is organizing this year's Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science here at UIC November 11-13. LCSL's own Paris Papamichos Chronakis (lecturer in Classics and Mediterranean Studies) will be among this year's presenters. If you are interested in the Digital Humanities or wonder what they even are, we encourage you to register and attend this event! (Registration is free for students!)

Several presenters at DHCS will discuss aspects of teaching with the Digital Humanities that you may find helpful as you think about your class for the Spring. If you have an idea but need help with the execution or figuring out what tools to use the LCLC can help. Email us at to set up an appointment.

Are you curious about using mobile devices in the classroom? Are you wondering about how to set up an online or blended course? Do you wish to learn more about Blackboard?The 2016 TechTeach Conference on Tuesday, November 15 at Student Center East (3rd Floor Conference Center) from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM features multiple sessions - including presentations by grad students from German and TESOL - dedicated to exploring these topics. Register for this free conference by Wednesday, November 2 to guarantee your reservation and lunch -

Weekly Workshop - Creating Interactive PowerPoints with Office Mix. Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that allows you to easily create sleek, interactive presentations great for blended or flipped learning. With Mix, not only can you can create narrated slideshows, but you can also add quiz and poll questions directly into your presernation. Best of all, Mix gives you powerful tools to track your students' online work. In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to Mix and help you think about how it can be useful in your class.

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Creating Interactive PowerPoints with Office Mix
Week of October 24th - October 28th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Nimbus ( is a fantastic add-on for Google's Chrome browser. It allows you to easily take screenshots and screen-capture video of all or parts of your computer screen without having to download a program. Once you've captured your video, you can download it to your computer in a YouTube-compatible format in just one click. For images, you save your image directlyto your computer or edit it with Nimbus's easy-to-use online image editor. All in all, Nimbus is a great, quick alternative to programs like Jing and Screenpresso.

Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure how to make it work? Is there a technology that you’d like to learn more about or possibly use in your course? The LCLC is here to help! We have tech tools for every kind of project and can help you find the best way to integrate them effectively and meaningfully into your teaching. Email us at with all your questions!

Did you travel over the summer? Are you an amateur photographer? The LCLC is always looking for new photos to add to the LCLC newsletter, Grant Hall slideshow, and LCLC website. If you have pictures of any country or region whose language / culture we teach in the LSCL that you'd like to share, please send them to
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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Arabic, 12-1
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Japanese, 10:20-10:50 
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Polish, 12-1
 flag of Russian
Russian, 12-1
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German, 12-1
 Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, 12-1
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French, 12-1
Spanish ene
Spanish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
  flag of South Korea
Korean, 2-3
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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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at 


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. 

Week of October 24th

flag of France L'humour à mort (2015) Je Suis Charlie - MONDAY, October 24th, 2:00-4:00 PM
On January 7th, 2015, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was the first target in a series of deadly terrorist attacks. This new documentary pays tribute to the victims and explores the resulting aftermath of a changed nation.

Polish flag image, small Ulica Graniczna (1948) Border Street THURSDAY, October 27th, 1:00-3:00 PM
The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side on one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion.

flag of Japan Gojira (1954) Godzilla - FRIDAY, October 28th, 1:00-3:00PM
Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo, bringing all of the country's worst nightmares back until an evil more terrible bomb -- capable of sucking all the oxygen from the sea -- returns the monster to its watery grave.

 Week of October 31st

flag of France Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2005)...And They Lived Happily Ever After - MONDAY, October 31st, 2:00-4:00 PM 
Vincent, George and Fred are three old friends who are asking questions about their lives. This film explores the nature of: romance, marriage, happiness, expectations in life, how love and sex interrelate.

flag of Germany "Türkisch für Anfänger" (2006-2009) Turkish for Beginners - TUESDAY, November 1st, 3:30- 5:30 PM
Set in the Berlin, the series centers around a German woman and single mother of a teenage daughter, who starts a relationship and decides to live together with a widowed Turkish father and his two teenage children.

Polish flag image, small Układ Zamknięty (2013) The Closed CircuiTHURSDAY, November 3rd, 1:00-3:00 PM
The story of three successful businessmen who are accused of being members of organized crime and money laundering by corrupt government officials.

flag of Japan Okuribito (2008) Departures FRIDAY, November 4th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) loses his job as a cellist when his orchestra is disbanded. He and his wife Mika (Ryōko Hirosue) move from Tokyo to his hometown in Yamagata. There, Daigo takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

flag of Russian Interdevochka (1989) Intergirl  - FRIDAY, November 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM

This film was the first piece of the popular culture portraying prostitution in the USSR. Prostitution isn’t a crime in the Soviet Union, but possession of valyuta, or hard currency, is a serious offense. The intrepid Intergirls take their chances, however, trading sex for foreign currency at tourist hotels and business conventions.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of Italy Presentation of "Eva Sleeps" by Francesca Melandri [Lecture] - MONDAY, October 24th, 6:00PM
On the occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World, bestselling Italian novelist Francesca Melandri will present Eva Sleeps (Eva dorme, Mondadori, 2010), her first English novel. 
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
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flag of France Lyon, Capital of French Gastronomy [Talk and Tasting] - MONDAY, October 24th, 6:30PM
Everybody knows you get a better meal in Lyon than in is time to discover why! A talk by a previous director of the Alliance Française de Chicago now residing in Lyon, Pascale will tell the story of how Lyon has become the Capital of Gastronomy. Followed by a sampling of Lyon delicacies.
Fee: $10 Members/ $15 Non-Members
Location: Alliance française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
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Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Japan Miss Hokusai [Film] - through THURSDAY, November 3rd
Based on the cult manga "Sarusuberi" by Hinako Sugiura, the film follows 23-year-old O-Ei as she lives and works alongside her father — the great artist Hokusai, best known for the iconic "Great Wave Off Kanagawa." Assisting her unkempt, neglectful parent and producing accomplished, unattributed works of her own, the prickly O-Ei struggles to mature as an artist and as a woman. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Fee: $11, students $7, members $6,
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
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 Spanish ene Pablo Sáinz Villegas [Concert]- WEDNESDAY, November 2nd, 8:30 PM
Part of the Latino Music Festival World Music Wednesday. Pablo Sáinz Villegas is hailed by critics as one of the world's leading classical guitarists. Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain –the country with unique and deep ties to his chosen instrument– Villegas is distinguished by performances as charismatic as they are intimate. With his singing tone and consummate technique, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage, routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia.
Fee: FREE (RSVP required)
Location:  Old Town School of Folk Music - Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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