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 discussion: "Saving Capitalism" by Reich Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:30pm “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” by Robert Reich (2015).
New Scientist Discussion Group--Summer Break Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm We take our summer break until September 8th. See you then for more science talk!
Book group: "The Myth of Race" (click here for more information Mon, 08/15/2016 - 2:00pm August 15, 2016, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
Brain Books discussion: "Wiser" Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:30pm “Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter” by Cass Sunstein (2014). Do groups make better decisions than individuals? Sometimes not.

Bob Semes talk during the June 12, 2016 meeting.

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


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.


Book Group

  • 08/15/2016 - 2:00pm

    August 15, 2016, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
    The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman (2014). Biological race does not exist; the social construct underlies prejudice and oppression. Traces history of this “persistent, false, and poisonous idea” from early biblical to modern pseudoscience.

New Scientist

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