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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New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00pm Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 8th, 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!
Summer Solstice Party Sun, 06/11/2017 - 3:00pm The Jefferson Center's Summer Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, June 11th, 3pm at one of Jackson County's most popular destinations - Emigrant Lake. We have acquired picnic shelter "A" which is close to the beach, has private parking, nicely covered and shaded private picnic tables, easily accessible bathrooms and an open lawn area. The lake is a great place for bicycling, boating, paddling, and fishing. Bring your luscious pot luck dish (serving 6-8) to share. Also, bring your own meat or fish as the Jefferson Center will be heating up the bar-b-que and will grill for you as you relax and enjoy socializing. Wine, beer and water will be provided by the Jefferson Center. Please bring your own tableware and drinking cup, preferably non disposable, as there is a sink with running water to clean these items before returning home. Eating will commence around 6:00 p.m. but please come as early as 3pm to enjoy the Lake. Bring badminton, wiffle ball, frisbees, any outdoor game as there is large lawn area available that is mostly shaded. If you prefer a more leisurely activity bring your favorite board game to play (we will have a few available). Please invite those you feel might be interested in learning more about JC as well as extended family members. Note that there is a $4 entrance fee per car to get into Emigrant Lake so might want to plan to carpool. We had this event here 2 years ago and the attendance was low due to an extremely warm day which scared a lot of people. However those of us that came out were amazed to discover that despite the heat it was a cool spot and a good time was had by all. So please don't be scared away if the weather turns hot. Directions: 5505 Highway 66, Ashland, Oregon, I-5 to Exit 14 (Ashland) Highway 66. Take Highway 66 east about 3.5 miles to Emigrant Lake Park turnoff (left-hand side). Picnic area A will be on your right (easy to see)….or copy map below.https://www.google.com/maps/place/Emigrant+Lake/@42.149469,-122.616262,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54cf0e8400c64ed3:0xbcf1a6627ccde819!8m2!3d42.1494677!4d-122.6162634 (link is external)
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "Cleopatra: A Life" Mon, 06/19/2017 - 2:00pm Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

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

  • 06/11/2017 - 3:00pm

    The Jefferson Center's Summer Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, June 11th, 3pm at one of Jackson County's most popular destinations - Emigrant Lake. We have acquired picnic shelter "A" which is close to the beach, has private parking, nicely covered and shaded private picnic tables, easily accessible bathrooms and an open lawn area. The lake is a great place for bicycling, boating, paddling, and fishing.
    Bring your luscious pot luck dish (serving 6-8) to share. Also, bring your own meat or fish as the Jefferson Center will be heating up the bar-b-que and will grill for you as you relax and enjoy socializing. Wine, beer and water will be provided by the Jefferson Center. Please bring your own tableware and drinking cup, preferably non disposable, as there is a sink with running water to clean these items before returning home.
    Eating will commence around 6:00 p.m. but please come as early as 3pm to enjoy the Lake. Bring badminton, wiffle ball, frisbees, any outdoor game as there is large lawn area available that is mostly shaded. If you prefer a more leisurely activity bring your favorite board game to play (we will have a few available).
    Please invite those you feel might be interested in learning more about JC as well as extended family members.
    Note that there is a $4 entrance fee per car to get into Emigrant Lake so might want to plan to carpool.
    We had this event here 2 years ago and the attendance was low due to an extremely warm day which scared a lot of people. However those of us that came out were amazed to discover that despite the heat it was a cool spot and a good time was had by all. So please don't be scared away if the weather turns hot.
    Directions:
    5505 Highway 66, Ashland, Oregon, I-5 to Exit 14 (Ashland) Highway 66. Take Highway 66 east about 3.5 miles to Emigrant Lake Park turnoff (left-hand side). Picnic area A will be on your right (easy to see)….or copy map below.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Emigrant+Lake/@42.149469,-122.616262,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54cf0e8400c64ed3:0xbcf1a6627ccde819!8m2!3d42.1494677!4d-122.6162634 (link is external)


Book Group

  • 06/19/2017 - 2:00pm

    Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends.


New Scientist

  • 06/08/2017 - 4:00pm

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday June 8th, 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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