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.

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Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Bright-sided: How positive thinking is undermining America Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:00pm Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
"Brain Books" discussion canceled Tue, 12/26/2017 - 1:30pm
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Back by popular demand! Philip Neujahr has proposed another philosophy course to follow the course which he taught on Socrates last September. After discussion with the past class members the majority preference seems to be for Plato's Republic, so that is what he plans to teach. This will be on successive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting Jan. 10, at the Jefferson Center in the The Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. Philip does not know at the present time how many class periods it will take to do (some) justice to the Republic, possibly between five and ten, and maybe closer to five. After several classes he will have a better idea and then leave it up to the class to decide. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback from Amazon. Philip purchased his copy for $15.08 including shipping. Most likely it could also be ordered directly from Hackett Press. For the first meeting on Jan. 10, please read Bk. I from the beginning through margin #338e (p. 15 in your text) and then the last paragraph of Bk. I. According to Philip what you will be omitting is 16 pages of rather tedious Socratic argumentation which would not cause you brain damage but would also not make you eager to read the remaining nine books of the Republic. After that please read into Bk.II from the beginning through #368b. This is the famous Praise of Injustice delivered by Glaucon. These portions of Bks. I and II should more than suffice for the first class period. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. Philip looks forward to seeing you on Jan. 10. You may contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com for more information
New Scientist Discussion Group NOTE CHANGE of VENUE Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:00pm The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 11th, 4pm, at Standing Stone in their side room. Standing Stone is located at 101 Oak St, 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. See you there!
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: NO is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need Mon, 01/15/2018 - 2:00pm Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Back by popular demand! Philip Neujahr has proposed another philosophy course to follow the course which he taught on Socrates last September. After discussion with the past class members the majority preference seems to be for Plato's Republic, so that is what he plans to teach. This will be on successive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting Jan. 10, at the Jefferson Center in the The Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. Philip does not know at the present time how many class periods it will take to do (some) justice to the Republic, possibly between five and ten, and maybe closer to five. After several classes he will have a better idea and then leave it up to the class to decide. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback from Amazon. Philip purchased his copy for $15.08 including shipping. Most likely it could also be ordered directly from Hackett Press. For the first meeting on Jan. 10, please read Bk. I from the beginning through margin #338e (p. 15 in your text) and then the last paragraph of Bk. I. According to Philip what you will be omitting is 16 pages of rather tedious Socratic argumentation which would not cause you brain damage but would also not make you eager to read the remaining nine books of the Republic. After that please read into Bk.II from the beginning through #368b. This is the famous Praise of Injustice delivered by Glaucon. These portions of Bks. I and II should more than suffice for the first class period. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. Philip looks forward to seeing you on Jan. 10. You may contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com for more information
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Back by popular demand! Philip Neujahr has proposed another philosophy course to follow the course which he taught on Socrates last September. After discussion with the past class members the majority preference seems to be for Plato's Republic, so that is what he plans to teach. This will be on successive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting Jan. 10, at the Jefferson Center in the The Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. Philip does not know at the present time how many class periods it will take to do (some) justice to the Republic, possibly between five and ten, and maybe closer to five. After several classes he will have a better idea and then leave it up to the class to decide. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback from Amazon. Philip purchased his copy for $15.08 including shipping. Most likely it could also be ordered directly from Hackett Press. For the first meeting on Jan. 10, please read Bk. I from the beginning through margin #338e (p. 15 in your text) and then the last paragraph of Bk. I. According to Philip what you will be omitting is 16 pages of rather tedious Socratic argumentation which would not cause you brain damage but would also not make you eager to read the remaining nine books of the Republic. After that please read into Bk.II from the beginning through #368b. This is the famous Praise of Injustice delivered by Glaucon. These portions of Bks. I and II should more than suffice for the first class period. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. Philip looks forward to seeing you on Jan. 10. You may contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com for more information

Bob Semes talk during the June 12, 2016 meeting.

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


Lecture

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Salon


Book Group

  • 12/18/2017 - 2:00pm

    Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

    Americans are a "positive" people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: This is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive is the key to getting success and prosperity. Or so we are told.

  • 01/15/2018 - 2:00pm

    Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

    “This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”
    –From the Introduction


New Scientist

  • 01/11/2018 - 4:00pm

    The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 11th, 4pm, at Standing Stone in their side room. Standing Stone is located at 101 Oak St, 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. See you there!

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