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The Latke-Hamantash Debate has been a University of Chicago tradition since 1946. UChicago faculty members apply the knowledge and tools of their disciplines to resolve this age-old question in an evening of fun and frivolity! Past participants have included Nobel Prize winners and University presidents. Join us in Mandel Hall for yet another attempt to resolve this question once and for all. Attendance typically soars above 1,000 so come early for good seats!

As usual, we will have a post-debate reception in Hutchinson Commons where you can taste latkes and hamantashen and decide for yourself! ($5)

This year's debate is brought to you by the brothers of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and the University of Chicago. AEPi is the International Jewish fraternity with hundreds of chapters across five countries. The debate is supported by the Spiritual Life Office at Rockefeller Chapel and Campus and Student Life, along with Jewish community organizations on campus.

A big thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and resources to make this event happen!

Support our philanthropic efforts as part of the Repair the World Fund at AEPiGivesBack.org.


Admittance to the Latke-Hamantash Debate is free (with a recommended donation of $5) and seats are first-come, first-served. Get in line early! After the debate, there will be a reception where you can taste latkes and hamantashen. Tickets to the reception will be sold before and after the debate for $5. Registration is recommended but not required.

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Time & Location

7:30 PM November 26, 2013
Doors open at 6:45 PM
Admittance is free (with a recommended donation of $5) and seats are first-come, first-served
Mandel Hall, Reynold's Club
1131 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL

Post-Debate Reception

Taste the contenders (latkes and hamantashen) and decide for yourself!
Hutchinson Commons


Parking is available in the North Campus Ramp on 55th St/Ellis Ave. Street parking is limited and not guaranteed.

Public Transit

The University of Chicago is serviced by CTA busses 2, 6, X28, and 55. The 55th/56th/57th St Metra Electric stop is also within walking distance of the University.


Latkes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour, and egg. They are traditionally eaten during the festival of Hanukkah. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the menorah in the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.


Hamantashen are filled, triangular-shaped cookies or pastries. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. It is traditionally eaten during the holiday of Purim. Hamantashen are made with many different fillings, including the traditional poppy seeds, prunes, nuts, dates, apricots, apples, fruit preserves, cherries, and chocolate.

Shmuel Weinberger

Mathematics · Moderator

Shmuel Weinberger is a Professor of Mathematics and the Chair of the Mathematics department. His specialty is topology, which is geometry for people who cannot walk in a straight line. Ironically, one of his books is on the application of logic to problems of analysis. One reviewer commented, "This book analyses nothing, and has logic nowhere but in the title." Other reviewers were not so kind. Nevertheless, Weinberger has given a number of major invited addresses, including one at a past Latke-Hamantash Debate. It (being clear from that event that there was no risk that he would ever shed light on the issues) was thought that there was no downside in asking him to moderate the debate rather than serve as a discussant. Whether this view was too optimistic will be judged by history.

We can't wait to tell you who is participating in the debate this year. Check back soon for the official announcement!


Ted Cohen


Professor Ted Cohen passed away on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Professor Cohen was a valued member of our community, an extraordinary scholar, and an energetic and enthusiastic teacher. He moderated the Latke-Hamantash Debate for an uncountable number of years, and he'll be in our thoughts during this year's debate.