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, 02/11/2016 - 4:00am Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 11th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Action Committee Meeting Sat, 02/13/2016 - 1:00pm Meeting to be at Sandra's and Joe's house
"The Reality of Socialism" Sun, 02/14/2016 - 4:00pm The February 14th Salon will be an open round table discussion of Socialism moderated by Noreen Hulteen. The concept of Socialism is often misunderstood in the USA. It is many things and many things it is not, resulting in a word frequently misused and misunderstood. There will be no slides or films, as Noreen will encourage questions and lead attendees in a lively discussion of this timely subject. Noreen Hulteen is a long time Jefferson Center member and past board member. Born in England where she spent her early years she had lived in many places, including Uganda and California, before settling in Southern Oregon in 1999 with her husband Ron. Always active in politics, she is currently in the proccess of publishing "Socialism is Not a Dirty Word". This event will be at the Jefferson Center located in the basement of the Old Ashland Armory.
Book Group: "Unstoppable" by Ralph Nader Mon, 02/15/2016 - 2:00pm “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State,” by Ralph Nader (2015). Why and how left-right cooperation is possible.
Brain Books discussion: "The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity" Tue, 02/23/2016 - 1:30pm The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity 2012. by Bruce Hood. We recently read about meditation and other ways our brains can transcend the illusion of self.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:00am Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 10th, at 4pm at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, in their back side room.
Book group: "Capital" by Piketty Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:15pm “ Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty (2014). Documents the dynamics of wealth and income inequality from past two centuries to the future. Why? What can be done?

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

  • 02/14/2016 - 4:00pm

    The February 14th Salon will be an open round table discussion of Socialism moderated by Noreen Hulteen. The concept of Socialism is often misunderstood in the USA. It is many things and many things it is not, resulting in a word frequently misused and misunderstood. There will be no slides or films, as Noreen will encourage questions and lead attendees in a lively discussion of this timely subject.
    Noreen Hulteen is a long time Jefferson Center member and past board member. Born in England where she spent her early years she had lived in many places, including Uganda and California, before settling in Southern Oregon in 1999 with her husband Ron. Always active in politics, she is currently in the proccess of publishing "Socialism is Not a Dirty Word".
    This event will be at the Jefferson Center located in the basement of the Old Ashland Armory.


Book Group

  • 02/15/2016 - 2:00pm

    “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State,” by Ralph Nader (2015). Why and how left-right cooperation is possible.

  • 03/21/2016 - 2:15pm

    “ Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty (2014). Documents the dynamics of wealth and income inequality from past two centuries to the future. Why? What can be done? A somewhat grim picture, desecribed as an important blockbuster of a book.


New Scientist

  • 02/11/2016 - 4:00am

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday February 11th, 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!

  • 03/10/2016 - 4:00am

    Our New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday March 10th, 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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