The Soho Forum is a monthly debate series held in Soho/Noho, Manhattan. A project of the Reason Foundation, the series features topics of special interest to libertarians and aims to enhance social and professional ties within the NYC libertarian community.

Moderated by Gene Epstein, former economics editor of Barron's, The Soho Forum features some of the most highly regarded speakers across varied fields. At each event, the audience actively engages with the speakers, votes on the resolution, and there is a social reception that follows.

Seating is limited, so tickets must be reserved in advance. Sign up to our mailing list to ensure you don't miss out!

Subculture Theater,
45 Bleecker Street, NY, 10012
Cash bar opens: 5:45pm
Meeting convenes: 6:30pm
Reception: 8:15pm
Tickets must be reserved in advance
Podcast and video of each event will be available

Gene Epstein Soho Forum Director

Gene Epstein
Soho Forum Director

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's appeared on podcasts that include Russ Roberts’ “EconTalk," "The Tom Woods Show,” and the Reason podcast, and has delivered talks at the International House in Tokyo; Loyola University in Baltimore; Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City; the Romanian-American University in Bucharest; and the American Center in Moscow. He has defended the negative successfully (in terms of Oxford-style voting) at three Soho Forum debates: on Adam Smith (6/13/17); on Ayn Rand (1/16/18); and on socialism (10/15/18) —and will be defending the negative at two forthcoming debates: on social security (6/17/19); and again on socialism (11/5/19).

Jane Menton Chief Operating Officer

Jane Menton
Chief Operating Officer

Jane Menton is a committed Libertarian and lifelong New Yorker.

Before joining the Soho Forum, Jane coordinated nationwide programming for the Adam Smith Society, the Manhattan Institute’s project for MBA students and alumni. Prior to that, Jane worked as a campus recruiter at two of the nation's top law firms, Goodwin Procter LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

We have lots of wonderful people helping us put this event together:

Andrew Aiken
Naomi Brockwell
Jim Epstein
Nick Gillespie
Jon Graff
Rudolf Hauser
Chris Hollinger

Joel Kamor
Hisako Kobayashi
John Kunze
Bill Long
Yumiko Maruyama
Brett Raney
Walter Stingle

Thank you for your support!

Andrew Aiken
Joyce & Mike Critelli
Robert Hand
Clara Magram

Mark Manis
Francis Menton
Nick Mulford
James Speights

Huge thank you to the Smith Family Foundation for making this series possible!