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: "One Nation Under God" Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:30pm One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin Kruse (2015).
The Philosophy of Socrates Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:00pm The Jefferson Center is sponsoring a mini course on the philosophy of Socrates, given by Philip Neujahr. This free course consists of 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 will be devoted to the discussion of a short, readable “Socratic” dialogue of Plato. The first session will discuss "Laches". Recommended translation for pre-reading: Rosamund Kent Sprague, Plato, Laches and Charmides, Hackett Classics.
Is the US a Christian Nation? Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:00pm Len Eisenberg will explore the religious intent of the Nation’s Founders on Sunday, September 10 at 4pm at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Are the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution Christian? How do these questions affect the use of public funds and the acceptance of minority beliefs in our country? This is a public talk, so all are welcome to join the discussion.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 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!
The Philosophy of Socrates Thu, 09/14/2017 - 7:00pm The mini course on the philosophy of Socrates continues, given by Philip Neujahr. This free course consists of 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 will be devoted to the discussion of a short, readable “Socratic” dialogue of Plato. The second session will discuss "Euthyphro". Recommended translation for pre-reading, G.M.A. Grube, Plato – Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo; Hackett Classics.
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Seven Bad Ideas: How mainstream economists have damaged America and the World Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:00pm Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
The Philosophy of Socrates Thu, 09/21/2017 - 7:00pm The mini course on the philosophy of Socrates continues, given by Philip Neujahr. This free course consists of 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 will be devoted to the discussion of a short, readable “Socratic” dialogue of Plato. The third session will discuss "Apology". Recommended translation for pre-reading, G.M.A. Grube, Plato – Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo; Hackett Classics.
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.

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

  • 09/10/2017 - 4:00pm

    Len Eisenberg will explore the religious intent of the Nation’s Founders on Sunday, September 10 at 4pm at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Are the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution Christian? How do these questions affect the use of public funds and the acceptance of minority beliefs in our country? This is a public talk, so all are welcome to join the discussion.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 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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