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For the week of November 14, 2016

UIC at DHCS 2016

clockwise from top left: Classics' Paris Chronakis presents; English's Joe Tabbi asks a question while the Graduate College's Benn Williams moderates; LCLC director Elizabeth Dolly Weber welcomes people to DHCS; French's Elizabeth McManus chairs a session.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCLC spent a very productive weekend hosting The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (co-sponsored by UIC Library and the Digital Humanities Working Group/Institute for the Humanities). More information about presentations: and
Thanks to the TESOL and HIP grad students who helped make it successful.
To participate in future conversations about Digital Humanities at UIC and beyond, contact Dolly and Abby at
LCSL 505 is open for registration for Spring 2017! Love teaching? Thinking about looking for a job?
LSCL 505 is a one-credit cousrse designed to help you integrate technology into current or future classes and begin to create an online teaching portfolio. 
This Teaching Professional Development Workshop is co-taught by the Language and Culture Learning Center Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weber, and the LCLC Postdoc, Dr. Abigail Stahl.

Spring 2017! 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!


Weekly Workshop: Social Reading and Annotation - Would you like to help your students read better? Collaborative reading has been shown to improve comprehension and new online tools can help you faciliate this outside of the classroom. In this week's workshop we'll present a handful of tools for social, collaborative online reading and annotation and help you find the tool that best fits the kind of reading that you ask of your students. Bring your ideas and syllabus!

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: Social Reading and Annotation
Week of November 7th-11th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Infographics can have many uses in the classroom. Instructors can make syllabi less textual and more visual or they can present material in a new, appealling way. On the other hand, students can use inforgraphics to show understanding of a text or concept. You could ask them to create an infographic that explains the relationship between characters or how a grammatical concept like adjective agreement works in the language you teach. They're also a great way to have students create mini-presentations on a cultural topic or something they've researched.

There are several tools for creating online infographics, but the LCLC reccommends

Each site is free and offers a library of templates or the ability to design your own using the built-in library of icons, pictures, and backgrounds.

Samples of projects students could create
 Click an image to enlarge it.

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
Spanish ene
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.

Visit us online:

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 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 Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (2015-) Generation War - WEDNESDAY, November 16th, 3:00-5:00PM
Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

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.

Week of November 21st

flag of France Mademoiselle C (2013) - MONDAY, November 21st, 2:00-4:00PM
A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine.

There will be no other films this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Cultural Events in the City

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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flag of ItalyThe Roots of Italian Taste [Food Tasting] -FRIDAY, November 18th, 1:00PM
Professor Laura Motta will provide an historical overview, based on recent archaeological andethnohistorical research, exploring the past lives of Italian traditional food. At the conclusion of the event, guests will have the opportunity to taste a selection of food prepared by a chef of Eataly from ancient recipes, as well as learn how to cook them.
Fee: Free but RSVP required
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 43 E Ohio St., Chicago, IL
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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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Next Week's Cultural Events
flag of GermanyCrafternoon- Make Your Own Advent Wreath [Craft Making]- SUNDAY, November 27th, 3:00PM
A common German saying is that “Vorfreude ist die schönste Freude” (Anticipation is half the pleasure). In that spirit, we would like to introduce you to one of Germany’s oldest Christmas traditions: the advent wreath! German snacks will be provided 
Fee: $30 Price includes wreath base, greenery, candles, wire, and instruction. 
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL 
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