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, 12/08/2016 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday December 8th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party Sun, 12/11/2016 - 5:00pm The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party will be during our usually scheduled Salon date on Sunday, December 11th at 5pm at the Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Please bring a pot luck dish (pick either a main dish, a side vegetable dish, salad or dessert) which serves 6-8 that you wish to share with all. Also bring your own tableware (plate, cutlery, and beverage container, preferable non-disposable). Beverages (wine, water, or bear) will be provided by The Jefferson Center. Like last year we are planning a White Elephant gift exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with that concept please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange (link is external). The gift should be suitable for either sex. Please bring the gift wrapped in a plain brown shopping style bag. This party like our salons are open to friends of the Jefferson Center as well. This is a good opportunity for friends of the Jefferson Center to get to know our members and for members to invite friends who might be interested in learning more about the Jefferson Center and possibly joining. This is also an opportunity for guests to learn more about the organization. Please invite someone and join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Please note starting time is 5pm.
Book Group:"The Inconvenient Indian" Mon, 12/19/2016 - 2:00pm The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2013) by Thomas King
"Brain Books" group discusses "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" Tue, 12/20/2016 - 1:30pm The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (2014).
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 12th, 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!
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Muslim Next Door" Mon, 01/16/2017 - 2:00pm The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (2008). January 16, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

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

  • 12/11/2016 - 5:00pm

    The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party will be during our usually scheduled Salon date on Sunday, December 11th at 5pm at the Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Please bring a pot luck dish (pick either a main dish, a side vegetable dish, salad or dessert) which serves 6-8 that you wish to share with all. Also bring your own tableware (plate, cutlery, and beverage container, preferable non-disposable). Beverages (wine, water, or bear) will be provided by The Jefferson Center. Like last year we are planning a White Elephant gift exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with that concept please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange (link is external). The gift should be suitable for either sex. Please bring the gift wrapped in a plain brown shopping style bag. This party like our salons are open to friends of the Jefferson Center as well. This is a good opportunity for friends of the Jefferson Center to get to know our members and for members to invite friends who might be interested in learning more about the Jefferson Center and possibly joining. This is also an opportunity for guests to learn more about the organization. Please invite someone and join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Please note starting time is 5pm.


Book Group

  • 12/19/2016 - 2:00pm

    The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2013)
    by Thomas King

  • 01/16/2017 - 2:00pm

    The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (2008).
    January 16, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory


New Scientist

  • 12/08/2016 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday December 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!

  • 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 12th, 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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