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Soho Forum VIP Package: 4 Debates, September - December 2017

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We are currently offering a VIP package that includes tickets to four debates from September through December, 2017.

Price: $59 (Value: $72, over 18% off)

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Jacob Hacker vs. David Goldhill

Resolution:

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


Monday, October 16, 2017 – Peter Schuck vs. Michael Meyers

Resolution:

“All Affirmative Action programs in public colleges and universities that are based on ethnic-racial composition should be abolished.”


Monday November 13, 2017 – Don Boudreaux vs. Rick Manning

Resolution:

“The U.S. government should unilaterally abolish all tariffs and duties on imports and all subsidies to exports, thereby making all reciprocal trade agreements with other countries unnecessary.”


Monday December 11, 2017 – Tarren Bragdon vs. Neera Tanden

Resolution:

"Fifteen million able-bodied adults on government welfare would have a better chance at economic betterment if they were taken off welfare."


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Cash bar opens: 5:45pm

Meeting convenes: 6:30pm

Wine-and-cheese Reception: 8:15pm


About the speakers:


Tuesday September 19, 2017 – Jacob Hacker vs. David Goldhill

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.


Monday, October 16, 2017 – Peter Schuck vs. Michael Meyers

For the affirmative:

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University, where he served briefly as Deputy Dean. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1979, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1977-79), Director of the Washington Office of Consumers Union (1972-77), and consultant to the Center for Study of Responsive Law (1971-72). He also practiced law in New York City (1965-68) and holds degrees from Cornell (B.A. 1962), Harvard Law School (J.D. 1965), N.Y.U. Law School (Ll.M. in International Law 1966), and Harvard University (M.A. in Government 1969). In spring 2017, he is a visiting professor at Berkeley in the law and public policy schools, as he was in the previous three springs.

His major fields of teaching and research have been tort law; public policy; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law. He has published hundreds of articles on these and a broad range of other public policy topics in a wide variety of scholarly and popular journals. His newest book, A Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us, has just been published by Princeton University Press. It focuses on poverty, immigration, affirmative action, campaign finance, and accommodating religious exemptions from secular social policies.

Earlier books include Why Government Fails So Often, and How It Can Do Better (2014); Understanding America: The Anatomy of An Exceptional Nation (2008) (co-editor with James Q. Wilson); Targeting in Social Programs: Avoiding Bad Bets, Removing Bad Apples (2006)(with Richard J. Zeckhauser); Meditations of a Militant Moderate: Cool Views on Hot Topics (2006); Foundations of Administrative Law (editor, 2d ed., 2004) Diversity in America: Keeping Government at a Safe Distance (Harvard/Belknap, 2003); The Limits of Law: Essays on Democratic Governance (2000); and many others. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For the negative:

Michael Meyers, BA, JD, is president and executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition. A Rutgers-trained lawyer, Meyers is the protégé of civil rights icon Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, the psychologist whose studies the United States Supreme Court cited as the basis for its unanimous 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that overruled the odious doctrine of “separate but equal”; the High Court decision declared “separate is inherently unequal” and unconstitutional whenever government requires separate facilities and treatment of students in the field of education on the sole basis of the child’s/student’s race (skin color). Meyers assumed his post at the helm of the New York Civil Rights Coalition in 1991 following his nine years on the national staff of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—as the NAACP’s youngest ever Assistant National Director—and immediately after serving as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of Higher Education, with the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Meyers is a former vice president and long time member of the executive committee and national board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), on which he served for nearly 25 years. Meyers also served for years as the ACLU’s national Affirmative Action Officer, resigning after the ACLU achieved its affirmative action goals in staff hiring and board diversity. He served even longer on the board of directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). Nat Hentoff, the famed author, journalist and civil libertarian, has described Michael Meyers as “Long a civil rights and civil liberties lion.”


Monday November 13, 2017 – Don Boudreaux vs. Rick Manning

For the affirmative:

Donald J. Boudreaux is a Senior Fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University. He holds the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center. He specializes in globalization and trade, law and economics, and antitrust economics.

Boudreaux is committed to making economics more accessible to a wider audience, and he has lectured across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on a wide variety of topics, including antitrust law and international trade. He is the author of The Essential Hayek, as well as, Hypocrites and Half-Wits, and Globalization. His articles appear in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report as well as numerous scholarly journals. He writes a blog (with Russell Roberts) called Cafe Hayek and a regular column on economics for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has appeared numerous times on John Stossel’s Fox show to discuss a range of economic issues.

Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an associate professor of legal studies and economics at Clemson University. He also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.

Boudreaux earned a PhD in economics from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

For the negative:

Rick Manning is the President Americans for Limited Government. A long time public affairs professional, Rick served as the Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor during the George W. Bush Administration, where he was twice recognized by the Secretary for Exceptional Achievement.

Born and raised in southern California, Rick graduated from the University of Southern California working his way through school running political campaigns. Shortly thereafter, he became a state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association for nine years responsible for the southeastern United States, Maryland and New Jersey. At NRA, Rick worked closely with local groups to pass the groundbreaking concealed carry law in Florida which has subsequently served as a national model.

A veteran of dozens of corporate communications and grassroots campaigns, Manning has emerged as a leading voice in the conservative community with columns appearing in The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, FoxNews.com and other major publications across the nation.

A resident of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland where he is a former town council member, Rick is active in his local church and is married to his college sweetheart.


Monday, December 11, 2017 - Tarren Bragdon vs. Neera Tanden

For the affirmative:

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. FGA focuses on state and federal policy reforms that 1) free people from dependency and poverty by promoting work, and 2) build a free market within health care to lower costs and improve quality.

Bragdon is a nationally recognized expert on health and welfare reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House, as well as money state legislative committees, and regularly speaks at public policy conferences.

His work has been featured on Fox News' Sean Hannity show, National Public Television's NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.

Bragdon was previously CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation's free market movement.

From 1996 through 2000, he served in the Maine House of Representatives, the youngest person ever to do so.

Bragdon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University.

For the negative:

Neera Tanden is President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she focuses on how to expand opportunity for all Americans.

Tanden previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.m and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, as legislative director in Sen. Clinton’s office and deputy campaign manager and issues director for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.

She began her career as an associate director for domestic policy in President Bill Clinton’s White House and senior policy adviser to the first lady.

Tanden has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” PBS’ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Most recently, she was named to Elle’s “Women in Washington Power List” and Politico’s “Politico 50”. She has also been included in National Journal’s “Washington’s Most Influential Women,” Washingtonian’s “Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics”.

Tanden received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.

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