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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JC Program Planning Committee Meeting Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:00pm The next Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting will be on Saturday, March 25th, at 1pm (please email decodoc@aol.com for directions to the locatio
"Brain Books" group discusses "Phishing for Phools: . . . Manipulation and Deception" Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:30pm Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception Deception by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller (2015).
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday April 13th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery . . ." Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:00pm The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist (2014, 2016).

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


Book Group

  • 04/17/2017 - 2:00pm

    The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist (2014, 2016). This prize-winning book claims “The expansion of slavery drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. . . . Told through intimate slave narratives” and other historical documents. “A radical new interpretation of American history.”
    April 17, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory


New Scientist

  • 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday April 13th, 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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