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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May Salon Topic: Can Science Answer Moral Questions? Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:00pm Is it ever possible for humans to derive values objectively, logically or scientifically from facts alone? We will watch, then discuss Sam Harris’ twenty-three minute TED talk where he makes the controversial claim that science can indeed answer moral questions. Discussion will be facilitated by Roy Kindell. Light refreshments will be available.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 12th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Book Group: "Upright Thinkers" by Mlodinow Mon, 05/16/2016 - 2:00pm “The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos” by Leonard Mlodinow (2015).
Brain Books discussion: Elizabeth Warren's autobiography Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:30pm May 24, 1:30-3:30 pm, in Ashland Public Library
Jefferson Center Summer Social/Salon Sun, 06/12/2016 - 4:00pm Please save the date…Sunday, June 12th, from 4-8 in the Pioneer Hall, Ashland for The Jefferson Center's Summer Social/Salon. More information to follow. The Jefferson Center's founder, Bob Semes, will be our honored guest with a special presentation

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

  • 05/08/2016 - 4:00pm

    Is it ever possible for humans to derive values objectively, logically or scientifically from facts alone? We will watch, then discuss Sam Harris’ twenty-three minute TED talk where he makes the controversial claim that science can indeed answer moral questions. Discussion will be facilitated by Roy Kindell. Light refreshments will be available.

  • 06/12/2016 - 4:00pm

    Please save the date…Sunday, June 12th, from 4-8 in the Pioneer Hall, Ashland for The Jefferson Center's Summer Social/Salon. More information to follow. The Jefferson Center's founder, Bob Semes, will be our honored guest with a special presentation


Book Group

  • 05/16/2016 - 2:00pm

    “The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos” by Leonard Mlodinow (2015). How human brain capacities constructed and built on key ideas to create science, from the earliest prehistoric, through agriculture, Newton and successors, up to and including Einstein and his cohorts.


New Scientist

  • 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday May 12th, 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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