Welcome to the Jefferson Center

As a community of individuals in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, we are dedicated to Jeffersonian ideals of rational inquiry and disciplined thought.

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge, seeking intellectual and moral growth through the exchange of ideas and perspectives. If you value freedom of thought with rigor of 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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Upcoming Events

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Brain Books: "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon," by Daniel Dennett. Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:30pm Brain Books: "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon," by Daniel Dennett.
Skeptics, Delusions, Feminism, and Anger: An Interview with Carol Tavris Sun, 05/03/2015 - 5:00pm Carol Tavris, our very special spring speaker in the Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series, will meet with Jeff Center members and friends on Sunday, May 3rd, 4pm at Pioneer Hall, Ashland, for a discussion of her work and ideas. Our Book Group Coordinator, Sandra Coyner, will moderate and stimulate discussion with questions related to Jeff Center themes, but YOU can ask your own questions and participate in discussion and dialogue. See the announcement for the lecture on May 5 for further details about what Dr. Tavris will present about “Self-Justifying Delusions.” The Salon will not duplicate the lecture, but should make it even more meaningful. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, feminist, and contributor to “Skeptic” magazine, honored with an award from The Independent Investigations Group in 2010. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE/TIME, MAY 3rd, 5PM and VENUE (PIONEER HALL)
Self-Justifying Delusions: What the mind’s biases reveal about cheating, justice, love, war, memory—and the rest of life Tue, 05/05/2015 - 7:00pm Carol Tavris, co-author of 'Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)', speaks Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7-9 PM in the Rogue River Room at the Stevenson Union, SOU, Ashland OR. Dr. Tavris will present how we justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that are misguided or wrong, and the harms we may inflict on others—including those we love the most.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 14th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Book Group: "Being Mortal" Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:00pm “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande (201). Available in paperback. How medicine can not only improve life, but also the process of its ending.
Brain Books discussion: "Nonviolent Communication" Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:30pm Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,<\strong> by Marshall Rosenberg. Any edition 2003 or later will have us on the same page to discuss together.

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

  • 05/03/2015 - 5:00pm

    Carol Tavris, our very special spring speaker in the Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series, will meet with Jeff Center members and friends on Sunday, May 3rd, 4pm at Pioneer Hall, Ashland, for a discussion of her work and ideas. Our Book Group Coordinator, Sandra Coyner, will moderate and stimulate discussion with questions related to Jeff Center themes, but YOU can ask your own questions and participate in discussion and dialogue. See the announcement for the lecture on May 5 for further details about what Dr. Tavris will present about “Self-Justifying Delusions.” The Salon will not duplicate the lecture, but should make it even more meaningful.
    Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, feminist, and contributor to “Skeptic” magazine, honored with an award from The Independent Investigations Group in 2010.
    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE/TIME, MAY 3rd, 5PM and VENUE (PIONEER HALL)


Book Group

  • 05/18/2015 - 2:00pm

    “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande (201). Available in paperback. How medicine can not only improve life, but also the process of its ending. Examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the inform and dependent elderly, and varieties of hospice care. Includes research and riveting storytelling. See


New Scientist

  • 05/14/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 14th, 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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