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.

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Upcoming Events

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Humanism Explorations: “Humanism and Science Fiction” Sun, 04/20/2014 - 3:00pm Presented by Josh Hendrickson a long time Humanist and science fiction devotee who has been reading and writing science fiction for many years. Meeting at UU Fellowship, 87 Fourth Street, Ashland, Oregon.
Brain Books discussion grp - "The Center Holds" Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:30pm The Center Holds by Jonathan Alter (2013). This book discusses HOW Obama won the 2012 election.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 8th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Briscoe Geology Park Tour Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:00pm Len Eisenberg, past president of The Jefferson Center, will lead a tour through geologic time at the Briscoe Geology Park, 265 N Main St, Ashland on Sunday May 11 at 4pm. Bring your questions and comments for the many issues, both ancient and modern, connected to study of earth and life history. Briscoe Geology Park contains three 'time walks' along with visitors and students discover local geology, and how life and our planet have changed through time. Adventurous souls can try their hand at a grade 6 to 8 activity sheet, the same as students attempt to complete when they come to the park on field trips. More about the park can be found at http://ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=14136. Please note we will meet at the Park and then gather for refreshments and discussion following the presentation in Len's studio inside the old Briscoe Elementary School.
Book group - "Plutocrats" Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:30pm Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (2013).
Brain Books discussion grp - "Talent is Overrated" Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:30pm Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else by Geoffrey Colvin (2008).

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

  • 05/11/2014 - 4:00pm

    Len Eisenberg, past president of The Jefferson Center, will lead a tour through geologic time at the Briscoe Geology Park, 265 N Main St, Ashland on Sunday May 11 at 4pm. Bring your questions and comments for the many issues, both ancient and modern, connected to study of earth and life history. Briscoe Geology Park contains three 'time walks' along with visitors and students discover local geology, and how life and our planet have changed through time. Adventurous souls can try their hand at a grade 6 to 8 activity sheet, the same as students attempt to complete when they come to the park on field trips. More about the park can be found at http://ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=14136. Please note we will meet at the Park and then gather for refreshments and discussion following the presentation in Len's studio inside the old Briscoe Elementary School.


Book Group

  • 05/21/2014 - 3:30pm

    Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (2013). We know that income inequality is increasing in America, but how much? How rich are these new super-rich? How do they justify their privilege? Do they spend their money creating jobs, or perhaps making charitable contributions? What is their politics? Why do they profess to experience so much stress? Should we by sympathetic? Apathetic? Or what?


New Scientist

  • 05/08/2014 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 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, whilst enjoying your favorite beverage and nibbles. Following our meeting, Dr. Jon Peters will present "Cetacean Evolution: A Whale of a Tale" at ScienceWorks.

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