Welcome to the Jefferson Center

The Jefferson Center is a community of humanists, atheists, and freethinkers in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon

Members of the Jefferson Center share a thirst for knowledge and a secular world view. If you value fairness and clear thinking you are welcome to join us. We sponsor ongoing events, including public Lectures on history, philosophy, science and society, plus thought-provoking Salons, a book group, a science group, and social gatherings.

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Upcoming Events

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Brain Books group: "Age Of Insight" discussion continues Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:30pm The Age of Insight by Eric Kandel (2012). Brain books group is discussing this book both in September and October, since it is a good, long 500-page read. This group meets in the Ashland Public Library at 1:30, and is open to all.
"Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible" Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:00pm “Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible” - IS every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where’s MY concubines? David Fitzgerald will be discussing these and many other important biblical morality questions (Please be advised that this talk gets a little racy & contains strong language). David Fitzgerald has been called both “The Ferris Bueller of San Francisco” and “one of the busiest Atheist activists in the Bay Area.” A former Southern Baptist, he had a secular epiphany in his 20's and is now Action Coordinator for San Francisco Atheists and on the national speaker's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry. He is also co-founder/director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!" and (with Greta Christina) the Godless Perverts Story Hour. PLEASE NOTE: This salon will be at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:00pm Note VENUE CHANGE: Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday, November 13th at our favorite winter location, Standing Stone brewery and restaurant. We will reserve the side dining room for the meeting. We welcome you to the group if you enjoy talking about science--both the latest news and broader issues in science and society--while enjoying your favorite beverages and nibbles. See you there!
Book Group Discussion: "Age of Insight" by Eric Kandel (2012). second half Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:00pm Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, by Eric Kandel (2012).

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

  • 11/09/2014 - 4:00pm

    “Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-ass Morality of the Bible” - IS every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where’s MY concubines? David Fitzgerald will be discussing these and many other important biblical morality questions (Please be advised that this talk gets a little racy & contains strong language). David Fitzgerald has been called both “The Ferris Bueller of San Francisco” and “one of the busiest Atheist activists in the Bay Area.” A former Southern Baptist, he had a secular epiphany in his 20's and is now Action Coordinator for San Francisco Atheists and on the national speaker's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry. He is also co-founder/director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!" and (with Greta Christina) the Godless Perverts Story Hour. PLEASE NOTE: This salon will be at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.


Book Group

  • 11/17/2014 - 2:00pm

    Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, by Eric Kandel (2012). We will discuss the first half (up to p. 225) in October and the second half in November. Vienna in about 1900 fostered unusual cross-disciplinary interaction between artists and scientists, leading to the first real thinking about the importance of the unconscious. Kandel traces these beginnings through to the present and the new neuroscience, including discussion of the arts.


New Scientist

  • 11/13/2014 - 4:00pm

    Note VENUE CHANGE: Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday, November 13th at our favorite winter location, Standing Stone brewery and restaurant. We will reserve the side dining room for the meeting. We welcome you to the group if you enjoy talking about science--both the latest news and broader issues in science and society--while enjoying your favorite beverages and nibbles. See you there!

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