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, 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 9th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Jefferson Center Summer Social/Salon Sun, 06/12/2016 - 4:00pm On Sunday, June 12th, from 4-8 in the Pioneer Hall, Ashland there will be a combined Jefferson Center Summer Social and Salon. The Jefferson Center's founder, Bob Semes, will our honored guest with a special presentation: “BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE: REFLECTIONS ON THE LATEST BOOKS REGARDING LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION, PLUS SOME THOUGHTS FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON.” This is a great opportunity to not only to meet and socialize with fellow Jefferson Center members but also to reacquaint with Bob or, for some, to meet him for the first time. We will have the usually pot luck….bring your favorite dish (serving 6-8) to be shared by all. Any dish will do, an appetizer, a main dish, side dish, or salad. Do not bring desert…...it will be provided as will the beverages (wine, beer, and water) although you are welcome to bring drinks to share. Please bring your own tableware (plate, utensils, and a beverage container) preferably non disposable.
Book Group: Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink" Mon, 06/20/2016 - 2:00pm “Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter” by Cass Sunstein (2014). Do groups make better decisions than individuals? Sometimes not.
Brain Books discussion: "Age of Acquiescence" Tue, 06/28/2016 - 1:30pm June 28, 1:30-3:30 pm, in Ashland Public Library

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

  • 06/12/2016 - 4:00pm

    On Sunday, June 12th, from 4-8 in the Pioneer Hall, Ashland there will be a combined Jefferson Center Summer Social and Salon. The Jefferson Center's founder, Bob Semes, will our honored guest with a special presentation: “BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE: REFLECTIONS ON THE LATEST BOOKS REGARDING LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION, PLUS SOME THOUGHTS FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON.” This is a great opportunity to not only to meet and socialize with fellow Jefferson Center members but also to reacquaint with Bob or, for some, to meet him for the first time. We will have the usually pot luck….bring your favorite dish (serving 6-8) to be shared by all. Any dish will do, an appetizer, a main dish, side dish, or salad. Do not bring desert…...it will be provided as will the beverages (wine, beer, and water) although you are welcome to bring drinks to share. Please bring your own tableware (plate, utensils, and a beverage container) preferably non disposable.


Book Group

  • 06/20/2016 - 2:00pm

    “Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter” by Cass Sunstein (2014). Do groups make better decisions than individuals? Sometimes not. This book addresses specific reasons why and how group decisions sometimes go wrong, and tactics for doing better.


New Scientist

  • 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 9th, 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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