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" group discusses "What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought" Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:30pm What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith Stanovich (2009).
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 9th, 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!
What is Secular Studies? Sun, 03/12/2017 - 4:00pm In 2011, Pitzer College established the first department of secular studies in the nation. Students at this small, private liberal arts institution can now major in, and get a baccalaureate degree in, secular studies. Author Phil Zuckerman, the founding chair of the department, will explain what secular studies is all about, and discuss its timeliness and relevance. Phil's talk will be held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.
Secular versus Religious Morality in the Age of Trump Mon, 03/13/2017 - 7:00pm Author Phil Zuckerman will speak Monday, March 13th, 7-9 PM at the Rogue Valley Unitarian (RVUUF) Hall, 87 4th St, Ashland. Many Americans assume that religion is the main source of morality, and that religious people are thus more moral than secular people. Phil will argue that the recent election of Trump should cause us to strongly reconsider that long-standing assumption. The truth is, secular men and women are more moral than their religious peers on a host of contemporary issues, and this lecture will explore how and why this is so.
JC Program Planning Committee Meeting Sat, 03/18/2017 - 1:00pm The next Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting will be on Saturday, March 18th, at 1pm (please email decodoc@aol.com for directions to the locatio
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Girl with Seven Names" Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:00pm The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (2015, 2016). Story of a girl who lived in and escaped from North Korea, then returned to rescue her family.
"Brain Books" group discusses "Phishing for Phools: . . . Manipulation and Deception" Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:30pm Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception Deception by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller (2015).

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.
  • 03/13/2017 - 7:00pm

    Author Phil Zuckerman will speak Monday, March 13th, 7-9 PM at the Rogue Valley Unitarian (RVUUF) Hall, 87 4th St, Ashland. Many Americans assume that religion is the main source of morality, and that religious people are thus more moral than secular people. Phil will argue that the recent election of Trump should cause us to strongly reconsider that long-standing assumption. The truth is, secular men and women are more moral than their religious peers on a host of contemporary issues, and this lecture will explore how and why this is so.


Salon

  • 03/12/2017 - 4:00pm

    In 2011, Pitzer College established the first department of secular studies in the nation. Students at this small, private liberal arts institution can now major in, and get a baccalaureate degree in, secular studies. Author Phil Zuckerman, the founding chair of the department, will explain what secular studies is all about, and discuss its timeliness and relevance. Phil's talk will be held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.


Book Group

  • 03/20/2017 - 2:00pm

    The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (2015, 2016). Story of a girl who lived in and escaped from North Korea, then returned to rescue her family.

    March 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory


New Scientist

  • 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 9th, 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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