Welcome to the Jefferson Center

We are a community of individuals in Southern Oregon dedicated to Jeffersonian ideals of rational inquiry and disciplined thought.

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge, seeking intellectual and moral awareness through the exchange of ideas and points of view. Many of our members are humanists, with a secular perspective. If you value freedom of thought with rigorous investigation you are welcome to join us. The Center hosts public lectures, salons, and other events supporting growth of its members and fostering improvement in the world.

Those who appreciate active learning and enjoy lively conversation will find good company here. Click for more


Upcoming Events

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Understanding ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences Sun, 05/07/2017 - 4:00am Peter Buckley will speak Sunday, May 7th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on breakthroughs from the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study. Research on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills has led to innovative and highly effective “trauma-informed” approaches in education, human services, and workforce development. Peter will outline how these ideas are being applied in the Southern Oregon Success collaboration.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 11th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People " Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:00pm Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral
Brain Books grp discusses: "Mistakes were Made (but not by me)" by Carol Tavris Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:30pm Brain Books has decided to read (or re-read, for some of us), Carol Tavris's book Mistakes were Made (but not by me): Why we Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Bob Semes talk during the June 12, 2016 meeting.

The attached mp3 files were recorded by Olena Black during the meeting.


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

  • 05/07/2017 - 4:00am

    Peter Buckley will speak Sunday, May 7th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on breakthroughs from the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study. Research on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills has led to innovative and highly effective “trauma-informed” approaches in education, human services, and workforce development. Peter will outline how these ideas are being applied in the Southern Oregon Success collaboration.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 05/11/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 11th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room. El Tapatio is located behind Ashland Motor Company at 1633 Hwy 99. 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. See you there!

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