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Nov. 21, 2005 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Sweet and savory debate continues

What/Who: The 59th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate, featuring Ted Cohen, Professor in Philosophy and the College; Ralph Austen, Professor in History; Colm O’Muircheartaigh, Professor in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies; and Jerrold Sadock, the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Linguistics.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mandel Hall, 5706 S. University Ave. in the University of Chicago Reynolds Club

Media contact: Jennifer Carnig at 773-702-6421,

Following the Jewish practice of kidding teachers and mimicking rabbinical tradition during Purim, the annual Latke-Hamantash symposia have become legendary for their lighthearted wit and the audacity of their participants’ tactics. In testament to the event’s originality, the debates have been copied at other institutions around the country and featured in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Making the tradition even more special this year is the premier of The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate, a new book edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea and published by the University of Chicago Press, highlighting the best of faculty speeches from years past. The debate concerns the relative merits of latkes, potato pancakes eaten during Hanukkah, and hamantashen, triangular-shaped pastries associated with Purim.
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