COMING DEBATES AT THE SOHO FORUM


Tuesday,
June 13,
2017

Resolution

"Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism."

 

 

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

*Moderated by Naomi Brockwell,
Producer at Stossel.

 

For the affirmative:

Mark Skousen is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor and author of more than 25 books. Skousen taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and Chapman University. He also has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies. He is the producer of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which meets every July in Las Vegas. He is currently a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University.

He recently was named one of the 20 most influential living economists, and in honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.”

Skousen is the former editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, a columnist to Forbes magazine, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

For the negative:

Gene Epstein is a nationally known economist, and the economics editor of Barron's, America's premier financial magazine. He is also the books editor at Barron’s, and writes a weekly column called “Economic Beat.”

Epstein is the author of Econospinning: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers; and Making Money in Commodities. He has taught economics at the City University of New York and St. John’s University, and worked as a senior economist for the New York Stock Exchange.

Gene has appeared on Fox, CNBC, and BBC TV, and on podcasts that include Russ Roberts’ “EconTalk,” Dave Smith’s “Part of the Problem,” and “The Tom Woods Show”.

He has delivered lectures at Columbia University; the International House in Tokyo; Loyola University in Baltimore; Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City; the Romanian-American University in Bucharest; the American Center in Moscow; the International Banking Institute in St. Petersburg; for Students For Liberty; and FreedomFest in Las Vegas.

Gene Epstein created the Soho Forum, Libertarian Debate Series, and currently acts as the moderator of the series.

 



Also Forthcoming


Tuesday,
July 11,
2017

Resolution

"Parents should have the choice to opt out of public schools and redirect the taxpayer tuition money for their children to other approved schools or educational options."

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

*Moderated by Gene Epstein,
the economics editor of Barron's.

For the negative:

Samuel E. Abrams is Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset, and a chapter on Nordic education in Utbildningsekonomi: Om lärandets värde. In recognition of his promotion of the understanding of Finnish education in the United States, the Finnish government in 2014 made Abrams a Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.

For the affirmative:

Bob Bowden is the executive director of ChoiceMedia.TV, an investigative video website devoted to education reform. He is a champion of school choice, charter schools, vouchers, merit pay, and other types of education reform.

Bowdon is a longtime broadcast journalist, television producer, reporter and commentator. His varied career has seen him conducting in-depth on-camera interviews, anchoring newscasts and producing nationally-syndicated TV shows. He’s even appeared in satirical news sketches for the Onion News Network.

The Cartel, Bowdon’s award-winning documentary, reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched and self-serving cartel. And the film puts a human face on those who suffer as a result.


Tuesday,
September 19,
2017

Resolution

“The U.S. government should offer a Medicare-like plan that would be available to all Americans buying health insurance.”

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

*Moderated by Gene Epstein,
the economics editor of Barron's.
 

For the affirmative:

Jacob S. Hacker is Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he is the author or co-author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy. His most recent book, written with Paul Pierson, is American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper—a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a best business book of 2016 according to the management magazine Strategy+Business. Previously, the two wrote the New York Times bestseller Winner-Take- All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Professor Hacker is known for his research and writings regarding health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. He is also a member of the OECD’s High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

For the negative:

David Goldhill is president and CEO of GSN, which operates a US cable television network seen in 80 million homes and one of the world’s largest digital games companies. GSN is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T.

Prior to joining GSN, Goldhill was chairman and CEO of Independent Network Holdings, Ltd. (INTH), which founded and operated the TV3 television network in Russia through its sale to the Interros Group in December of 2006. He also served as president and COO of Universal Television Group, a division of Universal Studios. In this capacity, he oversaw all operations at the company’s domestic and international cable television networks (including USA and SciFi), cable and network television studios, first-run syndication business and worldwide television distribution.

Goldhill was also the CFO of Act III Communications, a privately-owned holding company with interests in television stations, movie theaters, magazines, and film/television production. He began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

In 2009, Goldhill published a widely-acclaimed cover story in The Atlantic magazine entitled “How American Health Care Killed My Father.” In addition to numerous op-eds, he is the author of “Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care is Wrong” (Knopf, 2013) and “The Real Costs of American Health Care” (Vintage, 2016) and was co-editor of “New York’s Next Health Care Revolution” (Manhattan Institute, 2015). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Leapfrog Group, an employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital safety and transparency.

Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in history and holds a M.A. degree in history from New York University.