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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New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 10th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
"In Pursuit of Happiness" Sun, 09/13/2015 - 4:00pm The September 13, 2015, 4-6pm Salon: "In Pursuit of Happiness", a round robin discussion, moderated by Surya Bolom will be at The Jefferson Center. Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure. Its pursuit is enshrined as a fundamental right in the United States constitution and is sought by most of us. But what do we really know about happiness? Can we study it? Are we born with it? Can we make ourselves happier? Who’s happy and who’s not, and why? What makes us happy? Researchers are learning more and more about the answers to these questions. Join us for a lively discussion! We don't want to take up discussion time to show them but if you have the time review one or more of these TED talks (all less than 25 min) about happiness: The Habit of Happiness by Matthieu Ricard Happiness and its Surprises by Nancy Etcoff The Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan Gilbert Flow, the Secret to Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Surya Bolom, our moderator, is a retired Chiropractor, Yoga teacher and Jefferson Center Board Member. She presently lives in Ashland with 3 happy and 1 peevish cat.
Book Grp: "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" Mon, 09/21/2015 - 2:00pm Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Narari (2015) – a “groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution” exploring ways that “biology and history have
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 8th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.

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

  • 09/13/2015 - 4:00pm

    The September 13, 2015, 4-6pm Salon: "In Pursuit of Happiness", a round robin discussion, moderated by Surya Bolom will be at The Jefferson Center. Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure. Its pursuit is enshrined as a fundamental right in the United States constitution and is sought by most of us. But what do we really know about happiness? Can we study it? Are we born with it? Can we make ourselves happier? Who’s happy and who’s not, and why? What makes us happy? Researchers are learning more and more about the answers to these questions. Join us for a lively discussion!
    We don't want to take up discussion time to show them but if you have the time review one or more of these TED talks (all less than 25 min) about happiness:
    The Habit of Happiness by Matthieu Ricard
    Happiness and its Surprises by Nancy Etcoff
    The Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan Gilbert
    Flow, the Secret to Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Surya Bolom, our moderator, is a retired Chiropractor, Yoga teacher and Jefferson Center Board Member. She presently lives in Ashland with 3 happy and 1 peevish cat.


Book Group

  • 09/21/2015 - 2:00pm

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Narari (2015) – a “groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution” exploring ways that “biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human.’”


New Scientist

  • 09/10/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 10th, 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!

  • 10/08/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 8th, 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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