Welcome to the Jefferson Center

The Jefferson Center is a community of humanists, atheists, and freethinkers in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge and a secular world view. If you value fairness and clear thinking you are welcome to join us. We sponsor ongoing events, including public Lectures on history, philosophy, science and society, plus thought-provoking Salons, a book group, a science group, and social gatherings.

People who seek truth free of superstition will find good company here. Click for more

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Upcoming Events

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The Jefferson Center Winter Social Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:00pm Save the date!!!...The Jefferson Center's Winter Social/Pot Luck Dinner will be on Sunday, December 21st, 5pm, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Please bring either an appetizer, a main dish, a vegetable dish, or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. Also, please bring your own tableware. This year we will be having a Fundraising Table raffle of items donated by members. We are asking for suitable items such as wine, antiques, handmade items or a service (nice things please). You may bring your item(s) to the upcoming Salon, December 14th (the Jefferson Center) or call Diana Spade (541-708-0403) or Dianne Lindow (541-482-3614) for information on where to drop off. Please tag item(s) with the following information: name of donator, name of item, brief description of item, and estimated value of item. Donations must be summited by December 14th. This will be a fun way to get some really special last minute Holiday gifts. Please contribute.
Brain Books: "The Emotional Life of your Brain" Tue, 12/23/2014 - 1:30pm The Emotional Life of your Brain: How its unique patterns affect the way you think, feel, and live--and how you can change them was written by Richard J.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 8th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
"Divided" Sat, 01/17/2015 - 7:00pm "Divided" is coming to Ashland on Saturday, January 17th, 7pm at SOU Music Recital Hall and they are planning to unite audiences through laughter! Two of America's hottest comedians, Ty Barnett & Ian Harris, fresh off the releases of their new hour television specials are teaming up for one big tour! Religion, Race, Politics, Parenting, Relationships and all the major issues that face us every day, from the perspective of two professional pontificators from very different backgrounds. There is something for everyone in this show. Expect, smart, clever, sometimes edgy comedy that hopes to unite the audience with laughter about the things that often keep us “Divided”. Please note there is a special promo code for this production. It is good for the 1st 100 tickets sold and will be active until the day before the show (so the 16th). So anyone who puts "secularOR" in on checkout will get $10 off each ticket. Be sure to check the web site for ticket information. (www.theevolutionofcomedy.com)
Book Grp: Carol Tavris "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)" Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:00pm Carol Tavris will be visiting Ashland as the spring featured speaker in our Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series. She wrote this book in 2007.
Brain books: "How to Create a Mind" Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:30pm Ray Kurzweil wrote How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed in 2012.

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

  • 01/19/2015 - 2:00pm

    Carol Tavris will be visiting Ashland as the spring featured speaker in our Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series. She wrote this book in 2007. Full title: Mistakes were made (but not by me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts. She addresses cognitive dissonance and why it is not in itself sufficient to challenge pre-set interpretations already inside our minds.


New Scientist

  • 01/08/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday January 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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