September 2017 Luncheon Meeting

  • 09/08/2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


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  • Registrant will pay ULC directly for meal

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Friday, September 8, Union League Club

Elizaveta Strakhov

“On The Medieval Origins of Everyday Things”

Why exactly do Hallmark, chocolate makers, and florists enjoy a special bounty leading up to February 14th? You’ll be surprised by the answer, as Liza Strakhov reveals The Medieval Origins of Everyday Things. This generously illustrated presentation will have you saying, “Oh! So that’s why Disney did that,” and, “Wait! That’s who invented Valentine’s Day?”

Dr. Strakhov spent part of her summer at Oxford, digging (carefully!) through Medieval manuscripts. All in a day’s work for this multilingual professor at Marquette University who grew up reading Mark Twain in Russian translation. A graduate of Harvard and of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Strakhov is working on a book titled Politics in Translation: Lyric Form and the Francophone Author in Late Medieval Europe. Though her academic credentials fill a suit of armor, please don’t come if your taste runs to dry discourse. This will a lively and entertaining talk featuring beautifully illuminated man- uscripts and intriguing connections between Medieval and modern times.

Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call (312) 255 -3710 or e-mail Members may also register and pay in advance at this site ( (No online cancellations).


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710