Welcome to the Jefferson Center

As a community of individuals in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, we are dedicated to Jeffersonian ideals of rational inquiry and disciplined thought.

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge, seeking intellectual and moral growth through the exchange of ideas and perspectives. If you value freedom of thought with rigor of 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.

People who seek truth free of superstition will find good company here. Click for more


Upcoming Events

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SUMMER VACATION New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:00pm The New Scientist group will be taking its usual summer break. Science discussions to resume in September!
Summer Vacation for JC Salons Sun, 07/12/2015 - 4:00pm The Jefferson Center Salons will be on vacation for July and August and will resume on September 13, 2015
Book Grp: Daniel Dennett "Breaking the Spell" Mon, 07/20/2015 - 2:00pm Daniel Dennett Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.
Book Grp: "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:00pm Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Narari (2015) – a “groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution” exploring ways that “biology and history have

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

  • 07/12/2015 - 4:00pm

    The Jefferson Center Salons will be on vacation for July and August and will resume on September 13, 2015


Book Group

  • 07/20/2015 - 2:00pm

    Daniel Dennett Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Dennett is the great philosopher of (non-) religion, writing in 2007 about why and how religion became so influential in human society, “looking beneath the veil of orthodoxy.”

  • 08/17/2015 - 2:00pm

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Narari (2015) – a “groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution” exploring ways that “biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human.’”


New Scientist

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