Two traditional Jewish foods: fried potato pancakes vs. triangular pastries made with sweet fillings. Originating in 1946 at UChicago, The Latke-Hamentaschen Debate is an academic, yet hilarious debate concerning the merits of these two unusual foods.
Moderator: President Shirley Tilghman
Team Latke: Visiting psych professor Yarrow Dunham and Quipfire member Jake Robertson ’15
Team Hamentaschen: Philosophy professor Gideon Rosen and Quipfire member Amy Solomon ’14
The Best (out-of-context) Quotes of the Night:
Shirley T: “She likes to claim she was being prescient, but I suspect she was just stoned.”
Amy Solomon: “You may be asking how can Jake be defending a latke if he is basically a human hamentaschen: he’s in Triangle, he’s sweet…see though, he’s not filled with poppy seeds or cherries, but simply filled with shit.”
Shirley T: “The most interesting thing about this debater [Rosen], is that he has a dog named Harvey. Harvey Rosen.”
(Apparently, later on when Econ Professor Harvey Rosen got a dog, he named him Gideon. Cute.)
Gideon Rosen: “There’s good music and then there’s Britney Spears.”
Shirley T: “Rosen graduated from Columbia and majored in the metaphysics of Jewish food.”
Jake Robertson: “My mother has a theory that my grandmother is lying and is Jewish.”
Yarrow Dunham: ”The Cardinal Virtues of The Latke.”
Gideon Rosen: “The latke is down at the bottom with prime matter. Latke is fried prime matter. ”
Yarrow Dunham: “Which is closer to the type of food served at Hoagie Haven? The answer is latke.”
The winner in the end? Team Hamentaschen.