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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Brain Books: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt Tue, 09/26/2017 - 1:30pm The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (2012,2013).
The Philosophy of Socrates Thu, 09/28/2017 - 7:00pm The mini course on the philosophy of Socrates, given by Philip Neujahr, finishes today. This free course comprises four class meetings on the Thursday nights of Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Jefferson Center, Suite 101, in the Ashland Historic Armory at 208 Oak Street. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a short, readable “Socratic” dialogue of Plato. This final session will discuss "Crito". Recommended translation for pre-reading: G.M.A. Grube, Plato – Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo; Hackett Classics.
Fake News: The Assault on Reality Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:00pm Richard LeVitt will speak Sunday, October 8th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on the growing problem of fake news in American life. Things have gotten worse since the old days of spin and propaganda. Fake news, enabled by online media, trolls, activists, politicians, and foreign agents, is undermining our trust in what we hear and our sense of shared reality. Richard will outline how fake news plays on our cognitive biases and what we can do to minimize the damage.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 12th, 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!
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the dawn of the Global World Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:00pm Location: Jeff Center in the Old Ashland Armory
Brain Books: Don't Think of an Elephant Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:30pm The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff (2014). Be sure to get the new edition (2014), not the older edition (2004).

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

  • 10/08/2017 - 4:00pm

    Richard LeVitt will speak Sunday, October 8th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on the growing problem of fake news in American life. Things have gotten worse since the old days of spin and propaganda. Fake news, enabled by online media, trolls, activists, politicians, and foreign agents, is undermining our trust in what we hear and our sense of shared reality. Richard will outline how fake news plays on our cognitive biases and what we can do to minimize the damage.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 12th, 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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