Welcome to the Jefferson Center

As a community of individuals in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, we are dedicated to Jeffersonian ideals of rational inquiry and disciplined thought.

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge, seeking intellectual and moral growth through the exchange of ideas and perspectives. If you value freedom of thought with rigor of 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.

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


Upcoming Events

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Brain Books discussion: "Nonviolent Communication" Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:30pm Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,<\strong> by Marshall Rosenberg. Any edition 2003 or later will have us on the same page to discuss together.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 11th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Parental Influence on Religiosity Sun, 06/14/2015 - 4:00pm On Sunday, June 14th, at 4pm the Jefferson Center Salon will be a round robin discussion concerning Parental Influence on Religiosity. Long time Jefferson Center member, Noreen Hulteen, will be the moderator. Most social scientist agree that religiosity, particularly church participation, is a learned behavior. One learns his religion from those around him. Fundamentalist parents tend to bring up children who share the fundamentalist tradition; liberal religious views are found most often among those who have been trained to such views. This is a great opportunity to discuss your own religious or non religious upbringing and how it affected your beliefs as well as how it influenced your parenting. How will the fact that Millennnial's, which are the fastest rising group of "nones" as far as religious affiliation is concerned, effect the religiosity of their offspring? Please join us for a lively group discussion. This salon will be at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory.
Book Grp: Sam Harris "Waking Up" Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:00pm Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) – a “scientific and philosophical exploration of the self, and a how-to guide for transcendence, from an athe
Brain Books discussion: "The World Until Yesterday" by Jared Diamond Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:30pm The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. The Brain Books discussion group is open to all.
Summer Social Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:00pm The Jefferson Center's Annual Summer Social will be on Sunday, June 28th at Emigrant Lake. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE. More information to follow.
The Jefferson Center Summer Social Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:00pm SAVE THE DATE. The Jefferson Center Summer Social will be on Sunday, June 28th at Emigrant Lake.

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

  • 06/14/2015 - 4:00pm

    On Sunday, June 14th, at 4pm the Jefferson Center Salon will be a round robin discussion concerning Parental Influence on Religiosity. Long time Jefferson Center member, Noreen Hulteen, will be the moderator. Most social scientist agree that religiosity, particularly church participation, is a learned behavior. One learns his religion from those around him. Fundamentalist parents tend to bring up children who share the fundamentalist tradition; liberal religious views are found most often among those who have been trained to such views. This is a great opportunity to discuss your own religious or non religious upbringing and how it affected your beliefs as well as how it influenced your parenting. How will the fact that Millennnial's, which are the fastest rising group of "nones" as far as religious affiliation is concerned, effect the religiosity of their offspring? Please join us for a lively group discussion. This salon will be at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory.


Book Group

  • 06/15/2015 - 2:00pm

    Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) – a “scientific and philosophical exploration of the self, and a how-to guide for transcendence, from an atheist who says there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.


New Scientist

  • 06/11/2015 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 11th, 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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