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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Salon Planning Committee Meeting Sat, 06/25/2016 - 1:00pm There will be a Jefferson Center Salon Planning Committee Meeting at Diana Spade's home on Friday, June 25th, at 1pm. Please bring all your ideas and join us. Email decodoc@aol.com for directions.
Brain Books discussion: "Age of Acquiescence" Tue, 06/28/2016 - 1:30pm June 28, 1:30-3:30 pm, in Ashland Public Library
Jefferson Center Salon Sun, 07/10/2016 - 4:00pm As customary the Jefferson Center Salon's will be on vacation during July and August. Please rejoin us on Sunday, September 11th. Have a great summer!!
New Scientist Discussion Group--Summer Break Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm We take our summer break until September 8th. See you then for more science talk!
Book group: “Lies, Incorporated" (click here for more information) Mon, 07/18/2016 - 2:00pm July 18, 2016, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
Brain Books discussion: "Saving Capitalism" by Reich Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:30pm “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” by Robert Reich (2015).

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

  • 07/10/2016 - 4:00pm

    As customary the Jefferson Center Salon's will be on vacation during July and August. Please rejoin us on Sunday, September 11th. Have a great summer!!


Book Group

  • 07/18/2016 - 2:00pm

    July 18, 2016, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
    Lies, Incorporated: the World of Post-Truth Politics by Ari Rabin-Havi (2016). A revealing history of the “ever-growing industry of organized misinformation that exists to create and disseminate lies in the service of political agendas.” How it has crippled legislation


New Scientist

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