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Latke-Hamantash Debate
7:30 PM February 12, 2013
Mandel Hall

Alpha Epsilon Pi Presents the 66th Latke-Hamantash Debate

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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. 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 at AEPi.org.

Time & Location

7:30 PM February 12, 2013
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Admittance is free 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.

Ted Cohen

Philosophy · Moderator

Ted Cohen is Professor in Philosophy, the College, the Committee on Art and Design, and the Committee on General Studies in the Humanities. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1962, the Ph.D. from Harvard in 1972, and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1967. Cohen works mainly in the philosophy of art. Among his recent publications are the book Jokes, and the essays, "Identifying with Metaphor," "Metaphor, Feeling, and Narrative," and "Three Problems in Kant's Aesthetics."

Susan Gzesh

Human Rights Program · Latkes

Susan Gzesh is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program, a position she has held since August 2001, and a Senior Lecturer in the College. She teaches courses on contemporary issues in human rights (including the prohibition on torture, women's rights, and labor rights), the comparative human rights of aliens and citizens, human rights in Mexico and Latin America, and in the College Social Sciences core. Her research interests include the inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy, the history of U.S. immigration policy, and Mexico-U.S. relations. In addition to teaching, she directs a broad range of activities in the Human Rights Program including an internship program, public events, and a project on human rights curriculum in liberal arts education, funded by the Teagle Foundation.

Glen Weyl

Economics · Latkes

E. (Eric) Glen Weyl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the College, a member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and an affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies all at the University of Chicago. He was valedictorian of Princeton University's 2007 class, receiving an AB in economics, followed by an MA and PhD in 2008. He then spent three years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Outside his academic life, Glen serves on the advisory boards of Esopus, an art magazine, and Applico, a mobile strategy firm. He is married to Alisha C. Holland, his sweetheart since their freshman year of college together and a Harvard Ph.D. student in Government.

Douglas Baird

Law · Hamantashen

Douglas Baird graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979. At Stanford he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He received his BA in English summa cum laude from Yale College in 1975. Before joining the faculty in 1980, he was a law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler and Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Baird served as Dean of the Law School from 1994 to 1999. His research and teaching interests focus on corporate reorganizations and contracts.