Fall 2016

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND GREATEST TRADITIONS of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  Members of the Union League Club, the Chicago Club, the Standard Club, and the University Club, as well as any other like-minded ladies and gentlemen, are all welcome to join our society. Reservations are required. To be included in the Cigar Society's membership list and be notified of regularly scheduled events, write to curtis.tuckey@logicophilosophicus.org.  To follow impromptu events, join the Cigar Society of Chicago private facebook group.


Upcoming Events

Chicago historian, ghost-chaser, tour guide, and novelist, Adam Selzer -- well known to the Cigar Society for his previous presentations -- returns to our favorite haunt to talk about the material he gathered for his new book, just out last month, Mysterious Chicago: History at its Coolest. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, December 13.

Iacta alea est—the die is cast! On the 2065th anniversary of Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon River, Robert Wallace, cigar society member and professor of classics at Northwestern University, will present Crossing the Rubicon: Democracies Greek, Roman, and Modern. Professor Wallace is the author of some eighty-five articles on various aspects of Greek history, intellectual history, literature, law, numismatics, and music theory. His books include The Areopagos Council, to 307 BC (1989) which was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools, and Reconstructing Damon. Music, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Perikles’ Athens (2015). He co-authored Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece with Josiah Ober and Kurt Raaflaub (2007) and Aristotle’s Constitution of the Athenians (2015), with Chloe Balla. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

With a slide show of her striking watercolor paintings, Chicago writer and illustrator Krista August will lead the Cigar Society on a virtual tour of the sixteen monumental portrait statues in Lincoln Park -- including those of Lincoln, LaSalle, Grant, Sheridan, Schiller, Goethe, and Altgeld -- and discuss their artistic and historical significance. Ms. August holds degrees from Northwestern and  DePaul, and has studied art at the Old Town Triangle Association, the Palette and Chisel, the Peninsula School of Art, the Richerson School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is the author of Giants in the Park: A Guide to Portrait Statues in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Past Events

Joe Schwieterman gave a lecture and slide show based on his recent book, Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings. . Dr. Schwieterman is a professor in the School of Public Service and director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. He's a nationally known authority on air, bus, and train travel, and has spent more than three decades studying the Windy City’s historically significant and ever-changing transportation system. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

John Wasik talked about his book, Lightning Strikes: Tesla, Creativity and the Way Forward, and told how Nikola Tesla created radio, the modern electrical grid, robotics, and wireless remote control. Mr. Wasik is the author of Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from the Great Economist; The Debt-free College Degree; The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis; and a dozen other books about investment strategies. Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Cigar Society member Douglas Johnson played the gumshoe in History Detective: The Boer Wars, the coming of Apartheid, and the11th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica (1910) The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Leonardo da Vinci was the first to describe atherosclerosis in human arteries.  In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown revealed many of the messages in Leonardo’s paintings, but Brown didn't reveal the code to unlocking the secret of atherosclerosis.  In his presentation, in The Real Code of da Vinci, Christopher Zarins, Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine, and former Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular Surgery, University of Chicago, told the remarkable story of  how da Vinci hid the solution in plain sight for more than five hundred years,  The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

The Cigar Society's indoor season recommenced on Tuesday, October 4th, with a "back to school" talk by Chuck Middleton, chairman of the board of directors of the City Colleges of Chicago and president emeritus of Roosevelt University, on Two-year Colleges are Essential for U.S. Economic Success in the 21st Century. The Lounge at Iwan Ries.Tuesday, October 4

Cigar Society member and architect Rob Wetherald talked about The Village of Riverside and Frederick Law Olmsted: Art and Inspiration in American Urban Planning. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Jose Francisco Salgado, astronomer, photographer, and executive director of KV265, the arts and science foundation, talked about The Music of the Spheres. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Chicago aviation historian Christopher Lynch talked about The Days when Flying was Glamorous in Chicago. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Patrick McBriarty talked about Chicago on the Cusp of the War of 1812. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Staunch Cigar Society member Bryan Whitehead talked about his recent motorcycle race from Chicago to the North Pole. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, March 29. 2016.

Michael McCarthy talked about his recent New York Times bestseller, Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America, and signed copies. Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

International intellectual property lawyer and Cigar Society member Mike McMurry will talk about Patents, Trolls, and the Steam Engine.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Loyola University professor of political science John Frendreis will pose the question Who Sent these People?  "Looking Forward" to the 2016 Elections. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. February 16, 2016.

David Halsted, professor of history at UIC, talked about The History of Punched-card technologies from the Jacquard loom to IBM. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Here is the Secretary's report on the event.

Cigar Society member Douglas Johnson talked about The Collapse of the Fourth Crusade: A Study in Unfunded Liabilities. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

To mark our tenth anniversary, David O'Connor presided over A Theater of Curmudgeons.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Artist and art historian Augustus Higginson presented a slide show and talked about More than Fifteen Minutes of Fame: The Art and Life of Andy Warhol. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

John F. Wasik, talked about personal strategies for solving The College Debt Crisis. The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Adam Steele gave a talk and slide show about his adventures in Bhutan.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

For Halloween, Maggie Speer and Richard Gordon gave a dramatic reading of the scary short story, "The Storm", by McNight Malmar. The Lounge at Iwan Ries. Thursday, October 29, 2015.

Informal Smoker at the Iwan Ries Lounge. No formal program. Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Adam Selzer talked about his new book, Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering his Paranormal Legacy. The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Holy Metropolis of Chicago, talked to the Cigar Society about Social Justice.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Adam Selzer and Michael Glover Smith talked about their recent book, The Flickering Empire, which is about silent-film production in Chicago circa 1910, and showed a couple of short films. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

John Nelson, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and long-time Cigar Society member, talked about urban planning in the fourth century BC:  Planning an Ancient CityFollowing the Instructions of the Arthashastra.  The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy, and military strategy, written in Sanskrit. The text was influential until the 12th century, when it disappeared.  It was rediscovered in 1904 and was first published in English in 1915. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

On St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17, Terry Boyle talked to us about nineteenth-century Irish literature, William Butler Yeats in particular, and read some of his favorite faerie stories by candlelight in a smoke-filled room, to which much excellent Irish whiskey had been brought.  Dr. Boyle teaches Irish and British literature at Loyola University.

Scott Stantis editorial cartoonist and editorial board member at the Chicago Tribune, whose work is syndicated in over four hundred newspapers, presented Don't Shoot!  I'm only the Cartoonist!!!  Drawing Opinion in a post-Charlie Hebdo World.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Robert Seal, Dean of Libraries, Loyola University, and member of the Caxton Club, talked about Books in a Digital Age. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Christopher Shields, the George N. Shuster Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, and worldwide authority on Aristotle, explained how to attain Perfect Happinesswhich, he writes, "is, in fact, some version of the relevance of the Nicomachean Ethics for latter-day Hellenes—as, I am sure, members of the Cigar Society aspire to be."  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

James Conway joined us with slide guitar, tin whistles, and a dozen harmonicas, to present Harmonica MundiHe talked about the history of his instruments and the various special techniques associated with them, and played for us. Mr. Conway has taught classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music and Northwestern University, and is active in the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Chuck Middleton, professor of history and president of Roosevelt University, talked about Britain and the United States: Two Paths Towards Full Democratic Participation in the Political Process, on Election Day. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Maggie Speer, director of the Chicago stage productions of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, not to mention last year's private (Cigar Society) production of The Most Dangerous Game, introduced and directed a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Cask of Amontillado, as we sipped some rare old Spanish sherry with our cigars.  Featuring Scot West as Montresor and Richard Gordon as Fortunato. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Patrick McBriarty, author of the recent book, Chicago River Bridges, and several other books about bridges and transportation, gave a slide show and talk about  Drawbridges on the Chicago river. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash. Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Fr Marius Zerafa, OP, talked  about The Case of the Kidnapped Caravaggio.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash.  May 20, 2014.

Cigars Cocktails Conversations & JazzA cocktail party marked the end of our indoor season, with the ambient sounds of the Chicago jazz quartet, Totem.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash.  May 13, 2014.

A panel discussion on Universal Health CareJorge del Castillo, MD, MBA, FACEP, Associate Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Northshore University Health System and clinical associate professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.  Abraham Kocheril, MD, Director of Clinical Electrophysiology and professor of medicine, University of Illinois.  Steve Nellemann, JD, MBA, Associate General Counsel at WellPoint, a health insurance company.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash.  April 15, 2014.

François Velde, senior economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, talked about Bitcoins. April Fool's Day, 2014.

Curtis Tuckey explained How to Color a Map.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash.  March 18, 2014.

Jazz Night with Amanda Wolff.  Cigars and jazz with the chanteuse of the Green Mill.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash.  March 4, 2014. 

Historian Tim Lacy, now back at Loyola, talked about Mortimer Adler and the Great Books Idea, The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash.  February 4, 2014.

Bryan Whitehead presented a travelogue and slide show on Chasing Winter and the Land of the Midnight Sun: A Journey into the Arctic on Motorcycles.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, second floor.  January 21, 2014.

Abraham Kocheril, Director of Clinical Cardiac Elecrophysiology and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois, talked about the Positive Implications of Music, Wine, and Cigars while participants tried to reach specific targets within a (simulated) heart using a robotic arm in a kiosk that the manufacturerbrought to the event.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Irish playwright and Loyola University lecturer Terry Boyle directed his new short play, The Dew Day, which is his take on the Biblical story of the Slaughter of the Innocents, updated to a discussion in a barroom on the second floor of an old Louis Sullivan building.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

John Wasik, author of Merchant of Power, talked about John Maynard Keynes, focusing on connections between Keynes's economic theories and his personal investment strategies.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Chicago historian Joe Gustaitis talked about his new book, Chicago's Greatest Year: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis, and brought copies to sign.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

José Francisco Salgado, astronomer, experimental photographer, and Emmy-nominated visual artist, gave a visual presentation on Science through Art The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

Lee Neubecker, whose computer-forensics company, Forensicon, participated in identifying the bombers at the Boston Marathon, explained How to Catch a Terrorist.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d floor.  Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Scott Stantis, editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, introduced us to Eric J. Garcia, Pilsen-based political cartoonist, public muralist, and recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute.  The topic: Public Art and Political Art.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.   May 14, 2013.

Maggie Speer, director of the Chicago stage productions of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, directed and narrated a dramatic reading of Richard Connell's classic short story The Most Dangerous Game.  With Richard Gordon as General Zaroff and Scot West as Sanger Rainsford.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  April 9, 2013. 

Before he moved to Madison in May to open a jazz club, Al Rasho screened three new very-short-subject films, and talked about making documentaries.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  April 23, 2013.

Dennis Byrne talked about his recent novel, Madness: The War of 1812, and brought copies to sign.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.   May 7, 2013.

Bryan Whitehead introduced us to Margaret Frisbie, of Friends of the Chicago River.  Ms. Frisbie talked about the History of the Chicago River and its Present-day Meaning to the City.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries.  April 2, 2013. 

Dan Rutherford, Treasurer of Illinois, revealed The State of the State's Coffers.  March 26, 2013. 

Sam Sisodia, the Thomas Reynolds ,Sr., Family Professor of Neurosciences and Director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago, spoke on Recent Findings about Alzheimer's Disease March 19, 2013.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash, 2d floor.

Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt provided Lessons in Conducting.  Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

A First Look at the Second Term:  Bill Daley interviewed Chicago Tribune Nation and World Editor Kerry Luft.

Cigar Society Winter Mixer in Lake View, hosted by Augustus Higginson.  Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

Len Kutyla, AIA, talked about "Building Green": Ideal, Illusion, or Oxymoron?   Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 

John S. Railing, prestidigitateur extraordinaire, talked about The Art of Magic, Tuesday, November 27, 20112. 

On the eve of their departure for Pakistan after twelve years in the United States, former consul of Pakistan Asad Hayauddin and his family shared a frank discussion of US-Pakistani relations and culture.  Thursday, October 9, 2012.

On nice Tuesdays this last summer, the Cigar Society met outdoors in the dramatic courtyard at the Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 West Jackson.

Charlie Wheelan, Senior Lecturer, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, talked about his new book, Naked Statistics.  Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Sam Kahan, The Economy, Interest Rates, and What to Expect After the ElectionTuesday, May 8, 2012.

Rizwan Kadir, President of the Pakistan Club, University of Chicago, talked about The Kashmir Issue.  Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Kerry Luft, Nation and World Editor, Chicago Tribune, was interviewed by Bill Daley on Presidential Politics.  Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Robert A. Holland, author of Chicago in Maps:1612-2002, gave a slide show of Chicago's history through old maps. Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Steve Rosenbloom, sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune, told stories.  Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

August Higginson hosted a Cigar Society Salon at his home and studio on Stratford Place in Lakeview.  Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Scott Stantis, editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, talked about The Art of the Editorial.  Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Amanda Wolff, chanteuse of the Green Mill, enchanted.  Col. Gordon played MC. Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Joyce Selander, the first women to trade financial futures in the pits at the Chicago Board of Trade, told stories and signed copies of her new book.   Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

Iranian-American author Nahid Sewell talked about the impact of religious fundamentalism in the Middle East.  Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, opened our fall speaker series with a back-to-school talk on Re-engineering Higher Education.  Tuesday, September 2, 2011.

To kick off the new fall season, August Higginson hosted a Cigar Society Salon at his home and studio on Stratford Place in Lakeview.  Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

On nice Tuesdays this last summer, the Cigar Society met outdoors in the dramatic courtyard at the Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 West Jackson.

Filmmaker and Photojournalist Al Rasho talked about Making Documentary Films.  May 24, 2011.

Reem Shafi gave a special report on Libya: Gaddafi, the Revolutions, and the Future of the Middle East.  May 17, 2011.

Robert Wallace, Professor of Classics at Northwestern University, asked Why Did the Athenians Kill Socrates?  May 10, 2011.

¡Fiesta Dominicana!   An Evening of Dominican Cigars, Rum, and Food.  Hosted by Patricia Pérez of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, the Lounge at Iwan Ries, and the Cigar Society.  May 3, 2011.

Michael Turner, Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, talked about God, the Multiverse, and Cosmic Arrogance.  April 26, 2011.

Lauren Viera, reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of its Nightcap column on cocktails, talked about cocktails and led a tasting while Amanda Wolff, front singer of the swing band Flat Cats, loosened up the crowd with some classic jazz.   A Lesson in Mixology: The Art of Jazz, the Science of Cocktails, and the Allure of the Smoke-filled Room.  April 12, 2011.

Anthony Grosch, Lecturer Emeritus in English at UIC, read from Four Great Chicago Novels of the 1930s and 40s.  April 5, 2011.

Augustus Higginson, Chicago Architecture Foundation,  talked about The Rise of the Skyscraper in Chicago: 1955 to the Present, on March 22, 2011.

Smack in the middle of Chicago's Golden Gloves tournament, Loyola's Allen Frantzen talked about White Collar Boxing: Taking the Sting Out of the Ring.  March 8, 2011.

On George Washington's birthday and mayoral election day in Chicago, the Tribune's Amy Guth talked with Bill Daley about Digital News and Social Media.  February 22, 2011.

Irish playwright Terry Boyle talked about Civil Rights: A Sign of Civility. Growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland on February 8, 2011.

George Souri explained Why Philosophy is Relevant in 21st Century on January 25, 2011.

Augustus Higginson and Bill Daley hosted the Cigar Society Winter Mixer in Lake View.  January 18, 2011.

Brendan Reilly, Alderman, 42d Ward, took questions on The City Budget. December 7, 2010.

James Janega, TribNation manager for the Chicago Tribune, on The Life of a War Correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq.  October 5, 2010.

Chris Jones, chief theater critic at the Chicago Tribune, talked about The Death of the Critic, September 28, 2010.

Rooftop Mixer in the Loop, September 14, 2010.

Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, Jobs, Higher Education, and the Future of America, September 7, 2010.    Abe Kocheril, Professory of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Letter from Urbana.

In the Loop and in Beverly, June 18 and 19, 2010.

Ernie and Marco Freudman hosted a Rooftop Smoker at QuotePro, May 25, 2010.

Mark Warden, past president of Daley College and Loop College,  The Community College in American Education, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune, An Interview with Ellen Warren, Tuesday, April 26, 2010.

Lee Allison, the Lee Allison Company, How to Tie One On: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Necktie, Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

Augustus Higginson, Chicago Architectural Foundation, The Rise of the Skyscraper in Chicago, Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Asad Hayaud Din, consul of Pakistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and U.S. Policy in the Region, March 16, 2010.

Sam Sisodia, the Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences and Director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago, on the causes of Alzheimer's Disease, Tuesday, February 23, 2010.

Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, on various things, Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

Augustus Higginson hosted an Informal Smoker in Lake View, January 12, 2010.

Jeff Dreyfuss, Metropolis Coffee Company, explained How to Drink Coffee, Tuesday, December 8, 2009.

High C's on the High Seas: Chicago Opera Theater's Opera and Cigar Cruise, September 24, 2009.

Augustus Higginson hosted a Salon in Lake View, September 14, 2009.

Max and Kim Kort hosted a Cigar Society Rooftop Mixer, September 1, 2009.

Bill Daley, wine and food critic, Chicago Tribune, on Wining and Smoking, Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

Billy O'Hara, owner, Jack Schwartz Importer, hosted a cocktail and cigar party in the Board of Trade Building, June 11, 2009.

Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer and Radical Brewing led a beer tasting on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

John Nelson and Charles Hannon led a tour of historic houses in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, May 29-30, 2009.

Abraham Kocheril, Director of Clinical Electrophysiology, UIC, talked about Therapy for the Heart: Music (and Wine),  April 28, 2009.

Daniel B. Honigman, Tribune Interactive, on Social Media and the Future of Journalism,  April 14, 2009.

Augustus Higginson hosted a St. Patrick's Day Cigar Party in Lake View, March 17, 2009.

Robert Wallace, Professor of Classics, Northwestern University, gave An *illustrated* history of Greek Sex Lives in the Classical Age,  March 10, 2009.

Charles Wheelan, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Chicago, Our Economic Situation,  February 24, 2009.

Samuel C. Dudley, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief of Cardiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, on
Mending Broken Hearts,  Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

Donald H. J. Hermann, Professor of Law and Philosophy, DePaul University, on Shrinks, Torture, and Terror, Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

Augustus Higginson hosted an Informal Smoker in Lake View, January 13, 2009.

Sebastian Melmoth, special to Cigar News, wrote about Infamous 'U-Club Four' SUSPENDED for Sixty Days,  December 2008.

Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, on Funding Higher Education: Who pays? Who should pay?  December 9, 2008.

Asad Hayaud Din, Consul of Pakistan, on The War on Terror -- Score Card: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Region,   November 18, 2008.

Jeff Dean hosted an Election Night Dinner and Cigar Party in Hyde Park, with live jazz from the Ben Paterson trio, November 4, 2008.

Jorge del Castillo, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University and Associate Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Evanston Hospital, talked about The Emergency Room, October 28, 2008.

Augustus Higginson hosted a Salon in Lake View, September 15, 2008.

Augustus Higginson hosted a Salon in Lake View, June 17, 2008.

Achy Obejas, Pulitzer-prize winning Chicago journalist, novelist, and poet, talked about Cuba: What's Next?   April 29, 2008.

Jeffrey Dean hosted the Cigar Society at his apartment in Hyde Park, April 15, 2008.  Jeff's musical guests were the Ben Paterson Trio---"Truly fabulous."

Ted Cohen, expert on esthetic theory and professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, told jokes.  April 1, 2008.

Ron Dorfman gave a slide show of pictures from Harold! Photographs from the Harold Washington Years,  by Salim Muwakkil, Antonio Dickey, and Marc PoKempner.  March 18, 2008.

Edward Hamilton, Ministry of Rum, lectured and hosted a rum tasting.  March 4, 2008.

Augustus Higginson hosted an Informal Smoker, February 12, 2008, in Lake View.

Robert Karrow, Curator of Special Collections, Newberry Library, on "Maps: Finding our Place in the World,"  December 11, 2007.

Allen Frantzen, professor of English at Loyola University and author of "Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War", gave a slide show and talked about war memorials. November 13, 2007.

Stephen Presser, the Raoul Berger Professor of the History of Law at Northwestern University, talked about The Rule of Law in America: Observations on Recent Supreme Court Decisions over dinner on
October 11, 2007.

Jesse Gram, Lyric Opera, gave an overview of the upcoming season.  September 25, 2007.

Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, posed the question, "History Repeats Itself---or does it?"  September 11, 2007.

George Thiruvathukal, professor of computer science at Loyola, "Episodes in the History of Information Technology."  August 28, 2007.

John Nelson, Chicago Plan Commission, hosted a Cigar Society Garden Party on July 31, 2007.

The Cigar Society observed the anniversary of Yale University professor Hiram Bingham's rediscovery
of Machu Picchu
, the Lost City of the Incas, in the Peruvian Andes, on July 24, 1911.

Augustus Higginson hosted the Cigar Society Summer Mixer in Lake View, June 19, 2007.

Ted Foss, associate director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, talked about Jesuits in China.   June 5, 2007.

Alexander ("the Great") Sherman and Darius ("the Third") Gill read scenes from their screenplay 334: Battle on the Granicus.   May 22, 2007.

Charles Wheelan, lecturer in public policy at the University of Chicago, talked about public policy. May 8, 2007.

The Cigar Society observed the 610th anniversary of Geoffrey Chaucer's first reading of the Canterbury Tales, at the court of Richard II, April 17, 2007.

Jack Zimmerman opened the spring baseball season with readings from his southside-Chicago baseball novel, Gods of the Andes.  David O'Connor celebrated his birthday.  April 3, 2007.

The Cigar Society observed the anniversary of Douglas MacArthur's famous utterance "I shall return" on
March 20, 1942 in South Australia, as he retreated, on orders from President Franklin Roosevelt, from his worsening position in Bataan, in the Battle of the Philippines. March 20, 2007.

Robert Wallace, professor of classics at Northwestern University, presented A Whirlwind Tour through Greek and Roman Coins, March 6, 2007.

Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood, Chicago journalists, talked about their book, "Chicago Sidewalks," February 22, 2007.

The Cigar Society observed the 96th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, February 6, 2007.

Mark Warden, past president of Daley College and U of C PhD under Leo Strauss, Leo Strauss and Neoconservatism,  January 23, 2007.

The Cigar Society commemorates the speakeasy. November 28, 2006.

Curtis Tuckey led the group on a round-the-world tour of private clubs, November 14, 2006.

A Cigar Dinner at the Tower Club featuring old- and new-world dishes, on Columbus Day, October 12, 2006.

Douglas Johnson and John Nelson on  Martin Luther and Reproduction (respectively).  A classic!  August 8, 2006.

 Jeffrey Dean and David Morris on Sartorial Formalism.    July 11, 2006.

A Midsummer's Eve scotch tasting. June 20, 2006.

Craig Trumpeter and Mary Springfels in a very rare viola da gamba duet at the Tower Club. June 7, 2006.

Jorge del Castillo read from the book, Holy Smoke: A Literary Romp through the History of the Cigar, by Cuban-born British novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante (winner of the 1997 Cervantes Prize), and reminisced about old Cuba.   May 30, 2006.

The Cigar Society observed much in the month of April 2006.

The Cigar Society observed the 70th birthday of Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas LlosaVictor Tutiven recounted, "I was twelve years old when Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel Prize winner, then running for president of Peru, came to my mother's small store in the Amazon jungle looking for cigarettes...."  March 28, 2006.

The Cigar Society observed the anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein, March 14, 2006.

Billy Lombardo, Chicago author, read from his book The Logic of a Rose during a cigar dinner at the University Club, February 2, 2005.

Classicists Gregory O'Leary (Northwestern '84) and Alexander Sherman (Princeton '97) read, with translation, from Suetonius's Lives of the Caesars ('Divus Julius,' sec 32) on the anniversary of Julius Caesar's utterance of "iacta alea est" ("the die is cast") on this date in 49 BC.  January 10, 2005.

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