Who We Are
LCLC Director: Elizabeth Dolly Weber, Ph.D.
Dr. Weber has been directing the LCLC since 2010. In addition to working with faculty and graduate students to help find the appropriate technology for each situation, her particular interest is in projects that provide opportunities for student choice, creativity, and collaboration in and beyond the classroom: mapping for language, literature,and culture classes; wikis for writing and note-taking; blogs to foster interest and engagement. She is also Language Program Director for the French Basic Language Program in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
LCLC Research Assistant: Brian Zdancewicz
Brian Zdancewicz completed an MA in Polish, Russian, and Central and Eastern European Studies in Spring 2020, and is now working on a PhD with UIC’s Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies. He is interested in semantics and semiotics, comparative and historical linguistics, linguistic typology, Eastern European languages and cultures, experimental and avant-garde music and visual art, as well as exploring different perspectives from which to perceive art, language, meaning, reality, and human experience. Brian also spends time producing abstract drawings, listening to history podcasts, and pursuing a variety of musical projects.
LCLC Research Assistant: Juanita Calvo
Juanita Calvo is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies, and her dissertation is on contemporary Latin American literature with a focus on autobiographical narratives. She has taught Spanish at the high school and college level for over a decade and enjoys exploring new methods of learning and teaching. In her free time Juanita loves to garden, paint, and make piñatas.
LCLC Research Assistant: Tania Herrera Anaya
Tania is pursuing her MA in French and Francophone studies. She is passionate about languages, teaching and culture. She holds a bachelor degree in foreign languages, English and French. Tania is interested in exploring the world of language teaching and learning about new teaching techniques. In her free time, Tania loves hiking, riding her bike, and trying new food.
LCLC Research Assistant: Kelsi Morefield
Kelsi is pursuing her MA in Germanic Studies and is most interested in second language teaching and Weimar women’s literature. When she is not at UIC, she enjoys playing music, spending time with her friends, and working on her bike.
LCLC Research Assistant: Evan Lange
Evan is currently a MA student in Germanic Studies. He is most interested in constructions of national identity, public memory, and intergenerational trauma as it relates to major historical events such as World War II. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a German peer tutor at LCLC and has a passion for teaching. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, skiing, singing, and exploring the city and outdoors.