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The Great Latke - Hamantash Debate
Author: Ruth Fredman Cernea

ISBN: 9780226100241
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 17 October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.4 x 1.8
Description:
Creation versus evolution. Nature versus nurture. Free will versus determinism. Every November at the University of Chicago, the best minds in the world consider the question that ranks with these as one of the most enduring of human history: latke or hamantash? This great latke-hamantash debate, occurring every year for the past six decades, brings Nobel laureates, university presidents, and notable scholars together to debate whether the potato pancake or the triangular Purim pastry is in fact the worthier food.
What began as an informal gathering is now an institution that has been replicated on campuses nationwide. Highly absurd yet deeply serious, the annual debate is an
opportunity for both ethnic celebration and academic farce. In poetry, essays, jokes, and revisionist histories, members of elite American academies attack the latke-versus-hamantash question with intellectual panache and an unerring sense of humor, if not chutzpah. "The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate" is the first collection of the best of these performances, from Martha Nussbaum's paean to both foods--in the style of Hecuba's Lament--to Nobel laureate L...

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