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For the week of November 7, 2016

Students participate in Russian Conversation Hour


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science is THIS WEEKEND here at UIC. LCSL's own Paris Papamichos Chronakis (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.

Weekly Workshop: Interactive Video Tools - Do your students actually watch the videos you post on line? Interactive video quiz tools help keep students actively learning by including comprehension checks, annotations, and reflective open-ended questions right in the videos. We’ll demo two new video quiz tools -- Vizia and H5P -- and two old favorites -- PlayPosit, and EDpuzzle -- and help you find the right fit for your class. Bring a link to a video you use or would like to use!

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: Interactive Video Tools
Week of November 7th-11th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

TypeIt ( is an easy-to-use website that allows you to easily add accents and diacritics when typing in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. With TypeIt, you simply type your text as normal and use the clickable on-screen keyboard to add special characters. Alternatively, you can use special, simple shortcut keys unique to the site for quicker typing. Once you've typed your text into TypeIt, copy/pasting it into any website or program is a breeze. 

This is a great tool for students working on Chromebooks (who can't make use of Word's shortcut keys) and those who are writing in languages with wholly different alphabets.

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, 11-12

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Polish, 12-1
 flag of Russian
Russian, 12-1
 flag of Germany
German, 12-1
 Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, 12-1
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French, 12-1
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Spanish, 1-2
  flag of Greece
Greek, 1-2
  flag of South Korea
Korean, 2-3
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Italian, 2-3


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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 November 7th

flag of France La proie (2011) The Prey - MONDAY, November 7th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Franck goes to prison and befriends Jean-Louis. When the latter is released, he promises to look after Franck’s family. Then Franck learns that Jean-Louis is a serial killer, so he must escape in order to protect his family.

Polish flag image, small Wielki Bieg (1982) The Great Race  - THURSDAY, November 10th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Set in 1952, the story follows events around the “Peace Run”, a propaganda 3-day marathon for peace. The winner is to be presented with a new motorcycle by the country’s president; but the chief organizer is a ruthless manipulator who will stop at nothing to make sure that the right man wins.

flag of Japan Dare mo shiranai (2004) Nobody Knows - FRIDAY, November 11th, 1:00-3:00PM
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Week of November 14th

flag of France Mes amis mes amours (2008) My Friends My Love - MONDAY, November 14th, 2:00-4:00PM
Mathias and Antoine become a modern-day odd couple when they move in together in London. But while establishing house rules is easy, handling relationships with the opposite sex is another matter!

flag of Germany Deutchland 83 (2015-) - WEDNESDAY, November 16th, 3:00-5:00PM
Martin Rauch is recruited by the HVA to infiltrate the West Germany army. As a rookie spy, his decisions constantly put his cover at risk and force his agency to take extreme measures.

Polish flag image, small Pornografia (2003) Pornography  THURSDAY, November 17th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Two intellectuals, a writer and a director, begin to play a mysterious psychological game in a peaceful countryside manor house during the Nazi occupation.

flag of Japan Shichinin no samurai (1954) Seven Samurai (Vol. 1) - FRIDAY, November 18th, 1:00-3:00PM
A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

flag of Russian Kur'er (1986) Courier - FRIDAY November, 18th, 3:00-5:00PM
Ivan is a teenager who is suffering through the acrimonious divorce of his parents. He also fails at getting accepted into the university in a subject chosen by his mother. Ivan only wants an easy existence with enough money to enjoy some of the good things in life. Since he has graduated from high school, he has to do something, so his mother sets him up with a job as a messenger.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of Italy The Italian American Part I [Film] - FRIDAY, November 11th, 7:00PM
A two-part series about the Italian experience in America. The series, written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, explores the evolution of Italian Americans from the late nineteenth century to today. 
Fee: FREE (RSVP required) 
Location: Casa Italia - Ball Room (Formerly the Gym) 3800 W. Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165
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 "Transmissions" by Lora Lode and Kevin Kaempf [Art Exhibit] - FRIDAY, November 11th, 6:00PM
Lora Lode and Kevin Kaempf of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have created a video exhibition, Transmissions (Cartas), that explores the relationship between two Brazilian artists: Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark.
Location: SAIC Sullivan Galleries - 33 South State Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 
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Next Week's Cultural Events

Spanish eneThe Piano of Don Quixote by Mauricio Náder [Concert] - THURSDAY, November 17th, 6:30PM
Mexican pianist Mauricio Náder will preform. The concert will be narrated by Welz Kaufman who worked with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic.  
Fee: FREE 
Location: Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
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 Translator Elizabeth Novickas [Presentation] - SATURDAY, November 19th, 2:00PM
Elizabeth Novickas presents her translated books: Frank Kruk by Petras Cvirka, Vilnius Poker by Ricardas Gavelis, and TÅ«la by Jurgis Kuncinas. University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor Daiva LitvinskaitÄ—, PhD, will introduce the translator.
Fee: $5, Members Free 
Location: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629
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