Latke Hamantash Debate

Staff Writer

The 67th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday November 26, at Mandel Hall, Reynold’s Club, 1131 E. 57th St.

The annual debate between the superiority of the latke, a potato pancake traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, and the hamantash, a jam-filled cookie traditionally eaten during Purim, has been a University of Chicago tradition since 1946.

The serious debate of a silly issue allows university faculty to excise their debate skills and tools of their discipline.

This year’s debaters include Ted Cohen, a professor in Philosophy, who has taught at the university since 1967. He will serve as moderator.

Rachel Fulton Brown, an associate professor of Medieval History, she is the author of “From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary” as well as a silver medalist in Veteran 40 Women’s Foil at the United States Fencing Association Summer National Championships.

Harold Pollack is a professor at the School of Social Service Administration and Co-Director of the U. of C. Crime Lab. He is known for his 2008 piece “Barack Obama as the First Jewish President” and won an intramural wrestling tournament in 1984.

Dr. Carrie Rinker-Schaffer, a urologist, used her postdoctoral research on the identification of metastasis-suppressor genes for prostate cancer at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Additionally, she and her coworkers transferred human chromosomes 17, 12, and 13 into highly metastatic prostate and breast cancer cells to test the ability of these microcell hybrids to suppress spontaneous metastasis in SCID mice.

Latke and hamantashen will be available after the debate for a $5 donation.

Mandel Hall seats up to 1000 people but the popular event usually fills up fast.

The event will be streamed online for free at