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, 09/08/2016 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 8th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
He Said, She Said: Getting Two Sides (and Little Else) In Modern Journalism Sun, 09/11/2016 - 4:00pm Geoffrey Riley, host of The Jefferson Exchange on JPR, will discuss the tendency in contemporary journalism to get opinions and not much more to make up a story... and to find just ONE other side, when there not only could be multiple views, but there could also be NO responsible alternative view. The lack of funding for investigative journalism in the country is likely to make the problem worse. Join the conversation at the Jefferson Center meeting room, Suite 101, downstairs at the Old Ashland Armory.
Book group: "The Myth of Race" (click here for more information Mon, 09/19/2016 - 2:00pm The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman (2014).

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

  • 09/11/2016 - 4:00pm

    Geoffrey Riley, host of The Jefferson Exchange on JPR, will discuss the tendency in contemporary journalism to get opinions and not much more to make up a story... and to find just ONE other side, when there not only could be multiple views, but there could also be NO responsible alternative view. The lack of funding for investigative journalism in the country is likely to make the problem worse. Join the conversation at the Jefferson Center meeting room, Suite 101, downstairs at the Old Ashland Armory.


Book Group

  • 09/19/2016 - 2:00pm

    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

  • 09/08/2016 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday September 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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