Cigar Society of Chicago
presents our annual Back-to-School lecture
Michael Burger: Universities
                                  Medieval and Modern

Michael Burger, an expert in medieval history and Professor of History at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, will give this year's Back-to-School Lecture. Professor Burger writes,

The university is a medieval creation, originally conceived as being under faculty (or even student) control, control that the power politics of the time made possible.  Universities may survive in the modern world, but a lot has changed since the Middle Ages.  Political and legal developments since the Middle Ages mean that faculty do not so clearly run modern universities, even though they still claim toa source of real conflict.  Despite this lack of clarity, and despite current concerns that many universities are on the brink of disaster, universities have had astonishing longevity; it may be too soon to conclude that their antique constitutions doom them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

Register for this event.

Now Professor of History, Michael Burger served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts and then the College of Arts and Sciences (2009-2017) at Auburn University in Montgomery.  He is the author of Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England: Reward and Punishment (2012) and The Shaping of the West (2d ed., 2013), and many academic articles on medieval history.  Professor Burger has edited a primary source collection, Sources for the History of Western Civilization (2015).  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in history from Michigan State University. He serves as the president of Episcopus: the Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages. "But my chief claim to fame is having once lived in a former twelfth-century chapel that had been converted into a residence."

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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.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at