Welcome to the Jefferson Center

The Jefferson Center is a community of humanists, atheists, and freethinkers in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge and a secular world view. If you value fairness and clear thinking you are welcome to join us. We sponsor ongoing events, including public Lectures on history, philosophy, science and society, plus thought-provoking Salons, a book group, a science group, and social gatherings.

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Upcoming Events

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Brain Books group: "The Willpower Instinct" Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:30pm The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal (2013) combines the newest findings from neuroscience, psychology, and economics to both illuminate how the brain creates self-control (or doesn't), plus practical strategies for self-improvement. This group meets in the Ashland Public Library at 1:30, and is open to all.
Jefferson Center Salon Planning Committee Meeting Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:30am On Friday, September 5, at 10:30 am there will be a Salon Planning Committee meeting at the Jefferson Center. This is open to all members but if you can not attend and have a suggestion for a future salon please email Diana Spade at decodoc@aol.com with the information.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 11th at the Caldera brewery and restaurant. Caldera is known for fine food and excellent hand-crafted beers and ales.
The Jefferson Center Mission Committee Update Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:00pm Exclusive Member-only Salon. Much has happened since January in response to the Jefferson Center Future Planning session. At this special Salon, the Mission Committee will present our current understanding of the Jefferson Center Mission Statement and ask you, our membership, for input. At the meeting you will: 1) Find out if the term “Critical Thinking” will continue to be part of the Mission Statement. 2) Hear amazing revelations about what the Jefferson Center may be. 3) Enjoy pointing out what we, the committee members, have missed. Here's your opportunity to be heard. We need your input so please attend this exciting direction-setting meeting for YOUR Jefferson Center.
Book Grp discussion: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham (2012) Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:30pm Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power won the Pulitzer prize. It's about our center's namesake. Of so many books about Jefferson, this one focuses on his uses of power.
Brain Books group: "The Age of Insight" by Eric Kandel Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:30pm The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain by Eric Kandel (2012).
Ada Lovelace: “Enchantress of Numbers” Sun, 10/12/2014 - 4:00pm Come celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at the Jefferson Center with historian, Victoria Law, who will be speaking about the important history of Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the first computer programmer . Ada Lovelace Day, established in 2009 has developed into an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).This year, it falls on Tuesday 14 October 2014 Ada Augusta Byron, the Countess of Lovelace, born in 1815, had the genius and vision to see the possibilities for computers that none of her contemporaries, male or female, could see. The daughter of the famous English poet, Lord Byron, Ada’s deep understanding of mathematics gave her an intuitive understanding of the first computer, Babbage’s Analytical Engine. A visionary from the Age of Steam, Ada also had a cautionary note for the future with an objection to Artificial Intelligence that Alan Turing named the “Lovelace Objection.” Ms. Law will discuss Ada’s history and what Ada had to say about the future of computing.

Lecture

Information about the current lecture (if one is scheduled within the next six weeks) is summarized here. For lectures that may be scheduled farther in the future, click here.

Salon

  • 09/14/2014 - 4:00pm

    Exclusive Member-only Salon. Much has happened since January in response to the Jefferson Center Future Planning session. At this special Salon, the Mission Committee will present our current understanding of the Jefferson Center Mission Statement and ask you, our membership, for input. At the meeting you will:
    1) Find out if the term “Critical Thinking” will continue to be part of the Mission Statement.
    2) Hear amazing revelations about what the Jefferson Center may be.
    3) Enjoy pointing out what we, the committee members, have missed.
    Here's your opportunity to be heard. We need your input so please attend this exciting direction-setting meeting for YOUR Jefferson Center.

  • 10/12/2014 - 4:00pm

    Come celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at the Jefferson Center with historian, Victoria Law, who will be speaking about the important history of Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the first computer programmer . Ada Lovelace Day, established in 2009 has developed into an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).This year, it falls on Tuesday 14 October 2014
    Ada Augusta Byron, the Countess of Lovelace, born in 1815, had the genius and vision to see the possibilities for computers that none of her contemporaries, male or female, could see. The daughter of the famous English poet, Lord Byron, Ada’s deep understanding of mathematics gave her an intuitive understanding of the first computer, Babbage’s Analytical Engine. A visionary from the Age of Steam, Ada also had a cautionary note for the future with an objection to Artificial Intelligence that Alan Turing named the “Lovelace Objection.” Ms. Law will discuss Ada’s history and what Ada had to say about the future of computing.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 09/11/2014 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 11th at the Caldera brewery and restaurant. Caldera is known for fine food and excellent hand-crafted beers and ales. The restaurant is located just off Hwy 5, exit 14, at 590 Clover Lane in Ashland. Please join us if you enjoy talking about science, both the latest news and broader issues in science and society, while enjoying your favorite beverage and nibbles.

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