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UChicago scholars debate merits of Jewish foods

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A University of Chicago tradition since 1946, the 65th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Mandel Hall in Hyde Park. Tobias Moskowitz, Fama Family Professor of Finance; Richard Rosengarten, associate professor in the Divinity School; and Malynne Sternstein, associate professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and the College will weigh the relative merits of latkes (fried pancakes traditionally eaten during Hanukkah) and hamantashen (triangular pastries eaten during Purim). The debate will be moderated by Ted Cohen, professor in Philosophy and the College.

Past participants and commentators have included Nobel Prize winners Milton Friedman and Leon Lederman; several university presidents; and a many other high-powered academics from a wide range of disciplines.

The debate is free and open to the public. It will be screened via live webcast as well. A latke and hamantashen reception follows in Hutchinson Commons; tickets are $5.