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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Jeff Ctr Book Grp: American Amnesia Mon, 02/19/2018 - 2:00pm The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. From Amazon:
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Phil Neujahr continues his lecture series on Plato's Republic at the Jefferson Center, Suite 101 in the Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback. Each session of the class will cover 1-2 books of Plato's work, with the pace depending on the engagement of class members. Class attendees will be asked to read selections ahead of each class discussion. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. For more information, contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com.
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Phil Neujahr continues his lecture series on Plato's Republic at the Jefferson Center, Suite 101 in the Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback. Each session of the class will cover 1-2 books of Plato's work, with the pace depending on the engagement of class members. Class attendees will be asked to read selections ahead of each class discussion. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. For more information, contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com.
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Phil Neujahr continues his lecture series on Plato's Republic at the Jefferson Center, Suite 101 in the Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback. Each session of the class will cover 1-2 books of Plato's work, with the pace depending on the engagement of class members. Class attendees will be asked to read selections ahead of each class discussion. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. For more information, contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:00pm The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 8th, 4pm, at Omar's in their side room. Omar's is located at 1380 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, near SOU. 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!
Do Atheists Feel Awe? Experiencing Wonder without Religion Sun, 03/11/2018 - 4:00pm Do non-believers experience a rich sense of awe? Some studies show that feelings of awe and wonder are associated with religious belief. In contrast, we think that awe is accessible to all people, as attested by research and the testimony of freethinkers. Join Richard LeVitt and Roy Kindell at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland, for an introduction to the topic and an opportunity to share personal experiences. Awe is diverse and rewarding, so please come and share your epiphanies and stories of things in nature, art, thought, or life that have moved you.
Philip Neujahr's course: Plato's Republic Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00pm, Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:00pm Phil Neujahr continues his lecture series on Plato's Republic at the Jefferson Center, Suite 101 in the Old Ashland Armory building between Pioneer St. and Oak St. The text of the Republic which will be used is the translation by G.M.A. Grube from Hackett Press, which is available in paperback. Each session of the class will cover 1-2 books of Plato's work, with the pace depending on the engagement of class members. Class attendees will be asked to read selections ahead of each class discussion. Everyone who wishes to read the Republic and to learn something about the philosophy of Plato is welcome to attend Philip's course. It is free of charge, with no requirements except his request that you read the text. For more information, contact him at philipneujahr@yahoo.com.
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages Mon, 03/19/2018 - 2:00pm The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. From Amazon:

Bob Semes talk during the June 12, 2016 meeting.

The attached mp3 files were recorded by Olena Black during the meeting.


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

  • 03/11/2018 - 4:00pm

    Do non-believers experience a rich sense of awe? Some studies show that feelings of awe and wonder are associated with religious belief. In contrast, we think that awe is accessible to all people, as attested by research and the testimony of freethinkers. Join Richard LeVitt and Roy Kindell at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland, for an introduction to the topic and an opportunity to share personal experiences. Awe is diverse and rewarding, so please come and share your epiphanies and stories of things in nature, art, thought, or life that have moved you.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 03/08/2018 - 4:00pm

    The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 8th, 4pm, at Omar's in their side room. Omar's is located at 1380 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, near SOU. 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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