COMING DEBATES AT THE SOHO FORUM


Monday,
May 14,
2018

Resolution

All government support of higher education should be abolished."

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

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Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. His books include The Myth of the Rational Voter,and, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, to be published this January. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

For the negative:

Edward Glaeser is a professor of economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Prof. Glaeser's academic work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.


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7 Debates, May 2018 - January 2019

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Monday,
June 11,
2018

Resolution

The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted and applied according to the original meaning communicated to the public by the words of the text."*

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

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*Guest-moderator will be Judge Andrew Napolitano, the youngest life-tenured judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. A nationally recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution, Judge Napolitano has been the Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News since 1998. He is the author of seven books, most recently: Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

For the affirmative:

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center and the director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. His books include Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People and Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. .After taking a JD from Harvard Law School, he  worked as a prosecutor in Chicago.. Barnett is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute.

For the negative:

Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School. He is the editor, author, or co-author of six books, including On Reading the Constitution, with co-author Laurence Tribe. Since 2000, Dorf has written a bi-weekly column, currently appearing on Justia’s Verdict. He also posts less formal legal analysis several times per week on his blog, DorfonLaw. After taking a JD from Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Monday,
July 2,
2018

Resolution

“Bitcoin, or a similar form of cryptocurrency, will eventually replace governments' fiat money as the preferred medium of exchange."

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 Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Erik Voorhees is co-founder of the bitcoin company Coinapult, worked as Director of Marketing at BitInstant, and was founder and partial owner of the bitcoin gambling website Satoshi Dice, subsequently sold in July 2013 to an undisclosed buyer. He is also the creator and CEO of the instant bitcoin and altcoin exchange, ShapeShift, having founded and operated it under the alias Beorn Gonthier, until revealing his true involvement with the company, as part of a seed funding announcement, in March 2015.

For the negative:

Peter Schiff is the author of six books, including Crash Proof 2.0, which appeared on both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. He's CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Dorado, Puerto Rico, which he helped found. Schiff's father, Irwin, was a prominent figure in the US tax protester movement, who died in federal prison in October 2015 while he was serving a sentence of at least 13 years for tax evasion.


Thursday,
September 13,
2018

Resolution

“While laws that prohibit gun ownership would reduce crimes perpetrated by criminals, that benefit would be more than offset by the foregone opportunities for defensive gun use by victims of crime.”

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

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For the affirmative:

Gary Kleck is the Emeritus David J. Bordua Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.  His research has focused on the topics of the impact of firearms and gun control on violence, deterrence, and crime control. He is the author of Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, which won the 1993 Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology.  He also wrote Targeting Guns (1997) and, with Don B. Kates, Jr., The Great American Gun Debate (1997) and Armed (2001), and, with Brion Sever, Punishment and Crime (2017).  His articles have been published in the American Sociological Review, Journal of Criminal Law and CriminologyLaw & Society ReviewJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and many other journals.

For the negative:

Paul Helmke is the former president and CEO of the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is currently a professor of practice at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the founding director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center in Bloomington, IN. Helmke's professional interests include law and public policy, civic education and participation, mayoral and nonprofit leadership, urban issues, and gun control. His experience on gun control issues lands him frequent mentions and interviews in national news stories and programs. Helmke received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University and a B.A. with highest distinction from Indiana University.


Monday,
October 15,
2018

Resolution

“Socialism is more effective than capitalism in bringing liberty and prosperity to the masses”

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

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For the affirmative:

Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin and the editor of several volumes including The ABCs of Socialism (Verso, 2016). He is the author of the forthcoming Socialism In Our Time (Basic Books, 2019).

For the negative:

Gene Epstein has recently stepped down from a 26-year stint as Economics and Books Editor of Barron's, with plans to write long-form articles and books. His last published book was Econospinning: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers. 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. He is also the Director of the Soho Forum.


Wednesday,
November 14,
2018

Resolution

“The message of anti-racism has become as harmful a force in American life as racism itself.”

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 Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

John McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western Civilization and music history (in the Core Curriculum program) and American Studies. He is a regular columnist for Time and CNN, writes for the Wall Street Journal “Taste” page, and writes a regular column on language for the Atlantic. He has also been Contributing Editor for The New Republic, The Root.com and City Journal and a regular columnist at The New York Sun, The New York Daily News and The Daily Beast.

For the negative:

Nikhil Pal Singh is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. A historian of the civil rights movement, foreign policy and national security in the 20th-century United States, his most recent book is Race and America’s Long War (University of California Press, 2017). He is also the author of the award-winning, Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004). Singh’s writing and historian interviews have appeared in a number of popular venues, including New York Magazine, N+1, TIME, The New Republic, The Intercept, Open Source, and Code Switch.


Monday,
December 3,
2018

Resolution

“Governments of the advanced industrial economies should phase out the use of paper money in the form of large-denomination notes and sharply restrict the use of crypto-currencies."

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 Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University.  From 2001–2003, Rogoff served as Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund.  His widely-cited 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, shows the remarkable quantitative similarities across time and countries in the run-up and the aftermath of severe financial crises. Rogoff is also known for his seminal work on exchange rates and on central bank independence.  Rogoff’s 2016 book The Curse of Cash looks at the past, present and future of currency from standardized coinage to crypto-currencies. His monthly syndicated column on global economic issues is published in over 50 countries.

For the negative:

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center. His latest books are The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and (as co-editor) Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution (Cato Institute, 2015).  Best known for his work on market-based monetary systems, White is also author of Free Banking in Britain (1984; 2nd ed. 1995), Competition and Currency (1989), and The Theory of Monetary Institutions (1999). His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading economics journals.


Monday,
January 14,
2019

Resolution

“Since the federal government fostered housing segregation in the 20th century, the government should foster housing integration in the 21st."

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 Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, forthcoming in 2017. His other recent work has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, The Making of Ferguson. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004). Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (co-authored in 2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (co-authored in 2003).

For the negative:

Howard Husock is vice president for research and publications at the Manhattan Institute, where he is also director of the Institute’s social entrepreneurship initiative. City Journal contributing editor, he is the author of Philanthropy Under Fire (2013) and The Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy (2003). From 1987 through 2006, Husock was director of case studies in public policy and management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was also a fellow at the Hauser Center on Nonprofit Organizations and an adjunct lecturer in public management.  His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Society, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Philanthropy, The Wilson Quarterly, and Public Interest. Husock has written widely on U.S. housing policy, including Repairing the Ladder: Toward a New Housing Policy Paradigm (1996).