LITH 115, CRN: 17548 Spring 2022

Lecture Center Building A | Room A003. Tuesdays and Thursdays 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM  


Prof. Giedrius Subačius ['gyed-roos 'soo-bu-chus]:
Drop in hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon (in UH 1600), or email me:

  Week One Tasks
JAN 11 Tue 1. Introduction. A traveler’s guide to a city’s (also BB FILM) most delicious, adventurous and fascinating must-see destinations, Vilnius, NY Times. Another video.  
JAN 13 Th 2. Introduction. (1) Main features of the land, people. (2) Short History (a version of a history of Lithuania in Britannica). (3) WW II beginning and the Baltic Way.(4) Another clip. (5) David Satter: “100 Years of Communism and 100 Million Dead“. (6) Soviet Symbols are not funny. Introduction 1 Questions.
  Week Two  
JAN 18 Tue 3. IntroductionLithuania yesterday and today: (1) NATO film and E. Lucas article (2) Political Situation. (3) Political structure. (4) Presidential scandal: Paksasgate (like Watergate). (5) President Gitanas Nausėda (web link). (6) Results of 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Seimas (Parliament) elections. Introduction 2 Questions.
JAN 20 Th 4. BB FILM. Arvydas RENECKIS'S "Night over Lithuania". Gorbachev's tanks, January 13, 1991 in Lithuania. Night Over Lithuania Film Questions.
  Week Three  
JAN 25 Tue 5. History. John HIDEN and Patrick SALMON: "Against the Odds". Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian history prior to the 20th century. Differences and similarities in the histories of the three countries. Against the Odds Questions.
JAN 27 Th 6. Mythology. MYTH / TALE "Eglė the Story of Spruce": (1) Original story recorded in the 19th century. (2) Elena BRADŪNAS'S article (web link). (3) 12 brothers. Eglė Questions.
  Week Four  
 FEB 1 Tue 7. Mythology. MYTH / TALE (1) "Buzis Who His Misery Drowned". (2) Laima and other Gods. Buzis Questions.
 FEB 3 Th 8. Mythology. (1) Myth of Sovijus. (2) Three sovereign Gods. Sovijus Questions.
   Week Five  
 FEB 8 Tue 9. Mythology. BB FILM about Marija GIMBUTAS and the world of Proto-European Goddesses she discovered. Generalization of 3 myths and mythology. Gimbutas Film Questions.
 FEB 10 Th 10. Jonas BILIŪNAS'S SHORT STORY "The End of Brisius" (pdf). Its structure. Brisius Questions.
  Week Six  
FEB 15 Tue 11. BB FILM. “Book Smugglers". Importance of printed word. Important deadline: the title of a Book for Review is to be DECLARED (alternative: the title of an Approved Project). Book Smugglers Film Questions.
FEB 17 Th 12. Language. (1) History and structure of the Lithuanian LANGUAGE. Comparison to the other languages. (2) GS booklet Traditions and Trends. (3) Certain etymologies of English words (their relation to Lithuanian). Language Questions.
  Week Seven  
FEB 22 Tue 13. Preparation for the First Test (Midterm). Guidelines
  Week Eight  
MAR 1 Tue 15. Emigration. SLIDES: "Lithuanian Chicago". Chicago Slides Questions.
MAR 3 Th 16. Emigration. (1) Albert ČIŽAUSKAS'S "The Unusual Story of Thaddeus Kosciusko" (web link). (2) Kosciuszko monument in Kosciusko. (3) Kosciuszko's Will. Kosciuszko Questions.
  Week Nine  
MAR 8 Tue 17. Emigration. Lithuanians in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1). Read Ch 1 of The Jungle. Read p. 1–15, 17–20, 54–57 of GS book Upton Sinclair: The Lithuanian Jungle (2006). Jungle 1 Questions.
MAR 10 Th 18. Emigration. Lithuanians in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (2). Read shortened Ch 2 and Ch 3, and the excerpts from Ch 5 and Ch 14. Read p. 59–89 of GS book Upton Sinclair: The Lithuanian Jungle (2006). Jungle 2 Questions.
  Week Ten  
MAR 15 Tue 19. Emigration. Sailor Simas KUDIRKA: (1) Report on the trial testimony of Simas Kudirka (web link). (2) "Florida Today" article (pdf). (3) Simas Kudirka (web link). (4) FILM "The Defection of Simas Kudirka". Kudirka Questions.
MAR 17 Th 20. EmigrationJonas JURAŠAS'S essay in "The Artist and the Soviet State: Five Baltic Cultural Émigrés". Letter against Censorship. Jurašas Questions.
  Week Eleven  
MAR 29 Tue 21. Emigration. Antanas ŠILEIKA'S SHORT STORY: "Going Native". Important deadline: Book Review IS DUE. Going Native Questions.
MAR 31 Th 22. MEMOIRS. (1) Dalia GRINKEVIČIŪTĖ'S "Lithuanians by the Laptev Sea: the Siberian MEMOIRS" (web link). (2) Deportation scale before WW II. Grinkevičiūtė Questions.
  Week Twelve  
APR 5 Tue 23. BB FILM. “Excursionist“. Excursionist Questions.
APR 7 Th 24. Guest Speaker (to be announced).  

To be announced.

Possible on a weekend

FIELD TRIP FOR AN EXTRA CREDIT. At the Intersection of S. Halsted St. and Exchange Avenue we would start our field trip in Stockyards and in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. You might take Halsted bus number 8 (south of UIC) to reach the meeting spot (between the 41st and 42nd Streets). You may bring your friends and relatives, if they are interested!  
  Week Thirteen
APR 12 Tue 25. Juozas APUTIS'S SHORT STORY: "Wild Boars Run on the Horizon". (2) Vincent Van Gogh: Self portrait one (jpg); Self portrait two (jpg)Sisyphus (jpg). Wild Boars Questions.
APR 14 Th 26. BB FILM. A modern Lithuanian film BALKONAS (The Balcony), 2008; Silver Crane award winner for the best film among the short Lithuanian feature films. Balkonas Film Questions.
  Week Fourteen  
APR 19 Tue 27. Rimantas ŠAVELIS'S SHORT STORY: "In the Autumn Rain". Autumn Rain Questions
APR 21 Th 28. SLIDESMikalojus K. ČIURLIONIS'S paintings. Web Gallery. Čiurlionis Questions.
  Week Fifteen  
APR 26 Tue  29. Preparation for the Second Test. Guidelines


Lithuanian Culture course (Lith 115) offers a diversity of insights over the cultural landscape of Lithuania: language, mythology, literature, film, architecture, art, geography, population, emigration, history, resistance, and identity. We read, watch, and discuss.

We will all meetTuesdays and Thursdays 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM for the first 2 weeks via Zoom, and afterwards (if switched to in person) in Lecture Center Building A | Room A003. In addition to the class discussions, you will be expected to devote additional time outside of class (about 4-5 hours per week, some weeks less, some weeks more) doing the following: reading assigned materials, watching films, completing homework assignments, researching and writing Book reviews or other project-based assignments.

Face Masks: In classroom masks covering both the mouth and nose must be worn at all times by all students, faculty, and staff while on campus and inside any building regardless of vaccination status. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave the classroom and will not be allowed back in class unless or until you wear a mask. If you have forgotten your mask, you may pick one up from one of the student information desks on campus during the first two weeks of the semester. Students who do not comply with the mask wearing policy will be reported to the Dean of Students. Eating and drinking is not allowed in classrooms.

I plan to take you to a field trip to the former Chicago Stockyards (for an extra credit), unless the pandemic situation would not allow (would not suggest) to organize it.

The following tips will help you be successful in this class and in other classes throughout your career at UIC.
·Ask questions during class
·Complete assignments on time
·Participate in class discussions
·Individually review your notes after class
·Attend / engage in student hours with me in my office UH 1600

There are many ways for you to demonstrate what you know or can do and how you are learning, through your effort, interaction and class participation, application of critical thinking skills to solve real world problems, and performance on assignments and exams. This class has been structured to help all students get the support and guidance needed to succeed in your learning.

The Writing Center offers friendly and supportive tutors who can help you with reading and writing in any of your courses, not just English. Tutors are ready to help other writing as well, such as job applications, personal statements, and resumes. The tutor and you will work together to decide how to improve your writing. If you have not started your assignment, that is OK. A tutor can help you brainstorm or make an outline. Tutors understand that you might be using the Writing Center for the first time. They are ready to guide you through your first session. You can choose to work with a tutor in real time using chat and a white board, or submit up to 5 pages of text and receive written feedback within 48 hours. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center website.

(1) Very good attendance (presence) in class and being active in discussions;
(2) Taking notes;
(3) The First Test (Midterm);
(4) Book Review. There is an alternative: a creative Project, but it must be approved (may be approved only after consultations with the instructors). Delivered in 2 formats: printed on paper and uploaded on Blackboard (in Safe Assignment Section);
(5) The Second Test (covers material studied after the First Test).

Important deadlines and exams are indicated in GREEN color.

Important changes will be marked in RED color.

Everyone will have at least 5 grades during the semester:
(1) Before The First Test (Midterm): written homework plus activity in class discussions: 1/6 of the final grade, it is ca. 17%;
(2) The First Test (Midterm): 1/6 of the final grade, it is ca. 17%;
(3) Book Review (or Approved Creative Project): 2/6 of the final grade, it is ca. 33%;
(4) After The First Test (Midterm): written homework plus activity in class discussions: 1/6 of the final grade, it is ca. 17%;
(5) The Second Test: 1/6 of the final grade, it is ca. 17%.
The final course grade will be calculated from these 5 grades.

Grading System:
A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, F = 0.
A- = 3.75, A-- = 3.50, B+ = 3.25 etc. (Course final grade will not include minuses or pluses, the grade will be rounded up.)

Missed classes:
Missed classes may reduce your First and Second Test grades up to one point (-1.00), e.g., if you get A, it can be downgraded to B.

No Textbook: required class readings are posted on-line (see syllabus page).

Book Review (or Approved creative Project):
Turn in your Book Review or a Project electronically via Blackboard in SafeAssignment area.

Your options:
1. Book Review:
Book Review paper for a topic in Lithuanian culture. 5 to 7 pages (11 pt, double space). Write a paper on a book about Lithuanian culture (which may include history, politics, sports, foods, linguistics, and many other topics) of your choice. Consult our Selected Bibliography section for some titles you may like. First, read the book, then consider what aspects are the most important to be reflected in your review. While writing, be very individual; it means, present your own opinion; for instance, use the following wording: I think, I believe, in my opinion, etc. to make your text unique and individual. Be even partial in your comments. Limit your quotations: merely three quotations per review, and two lines per quotation are allowed. Quotation marks are a must when quoting (otherwise you commit plagiarism which is not tolerated). Read our former TA Guidelines of how to write a GOOD Book review paper.

2. Approved creative Project:
Create your own project on a Lithuanian topic that interests you. Good ideas are welcome. But you have to discuss it with the instructor before you begin. Most successful creative projects in this class usually are video projects.

Post Scriptum. Quoting without quotation marks and without references to the original sources is considered plagiarism and is not acceptable under any excuse.
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