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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2016 Election: What matters most to you? What would you change if you could? Sun, 10/09/2016 - 4:00pm Please join us in a group discussion of important election issues from your perspective. 2016 Election: What matters most to you? What would you change if you could? The discussion will be facilitated by Noreen Hulteen. Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences at our meeting place, downstairs at the Old Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street, Suite 101.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 10/13/2016 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 13th, 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!
Book Group: "Pacific" Mon, 10/17/2016 - 2:00pm Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, by Simon Winchester (201
"Brain Books" group discusses "But What if We're Wrong?" Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:30pm But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present as if it Were the Past

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

  • 10/09/2016 - 4:00pm

    Please join us in a group discussion of important election issues from your perspective. 2016 Election: What matters most to you? What would you change if you could? The discussion will be facilitated by Noreen Hulteen. Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences at our meeting place, downstairs at the Old Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street, Suite 101.


Book Group

  • 10/17/2016 - 2:00pm

    Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, by Simon Winchester (2015)


New Scientist

  • 10/13/2016 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday October 13th, 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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