Latkes later — annual debate rescheduled

The 66th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate – a U. of C. tradition in which two faculty members square off on whether the potato pancake or triangle-shaped pastry is better – will be postponed from its planned Nov. 23 date until Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The debate, presented by the University of Chicago Hillel, is one of the quirkier events to take place on campus annually: During the mock argument, academics don their scholar’s garb and wax intellectual about the two traditional Jewish foods. The debate, which has inspired similar events at M.I.T. and Harvard University, led to a 2005 University of Chicago Press book examining the phenomenon, “The Great Latke Hamantash Debate.”
Past participants include U. of C. heavyweights such as Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, notorious and celebrated for his neoliberal economic views, and philosophy professor Allan Bloom, whose 1987 bestseller critique, “The Closing of the American Mind,” blasted the academic environment of the time.

As of Herald press time, University of Chicago Hillel has made no public announcement explaining why the event was postponed or whether future debates will also take place in February. The organization was unavailable for comment.