Newberger Hillel Center
A cherished University tradition, the Latke-Hamentash Debate will raise the age-old question: which is better, the latke or the hamentash? This year’s symposiasts are: Menachem Brinker, the Henry Crown Professor in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College; Robert Geroch, Professor in Physics and the College; Philip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College; and Harold Pollack, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Ted Cohen, Professor in Philosophy and the College, will moderate. Following the debate, a reception with latkes and hamentashen will be held. Tickets to the reception are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.
The University of Chicago Presents
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will enliven the Chamber Music Series with a program of classics and highlights from the their recent album Guitar Heroes. the quartet will perform works like a zarazuela by Jeronimo Gimenez, a Bach fugue and a transcription of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, along with tributes to Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins and Sergio Assad.
Committee on Cinema and Media Studies
For the fourth year in a row, the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies will sponsor a special screening of a new film from Sony Pictures Classics. This year’s film will be Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers. Zhang Yimou established his reputation with beautifully photographed films in a realist mode and with a spirit critical of authority. House of Flying Daggers, which ran to great acclaim at the Cannes festival, is Zhang’s self-proclaimed “Asian” response to Crouching Tiger. In conjunction with the screening, CMS will hold a roundtable discussion titled “Zhang Yimou, the Martial Arts Film and Trans/National Chinese Cinema,” with panelists Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics; Wu Hung, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Art History; Judith Zeitlin, Professor in East Asian Languages & Civilizations; and Tang Xiaobing, Associate Professor in East Asian Languages & Civilizations. The panel will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Film Studies Center, Room 310, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.
Department of Music
Newly appointed conductor Andrew Koehler will lead the chamber orchestra in a theatrical program titled “Pelléas and Mélisande: From Love to Jealousy to Redemption.” An inspiration to many composers, the mystical fairytale Pelléas et Mélisande deals with the tragic love triangle of the beautiful Mélisande, who has lost her memory, her husband Golaud and his half-brother Pelléas. This concert focuses on two approaches to the opera Pelléas et Mélisande: Fauré’s Suite, Op. 80with programmatic elements from the original opera, such as a horn call prior to Golaud’s first encounter with Mélisandeand Sibelius’ Op. 46, which evokes the fairytale atmosphere with muted strings and a lighthearted waltz. The orchestra also will play Debussy’s Petite Suite.