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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Brain Books: "Immunity to Change" Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:30pm Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and your Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Laney (2009).
Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting Sat, 12/09/2017 - 3:00pm There will be a Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting on Saturday, December 9th, 3pm at the home of Diana Spade (email dianaspademd@gmail.com
The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:00pm The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party will be during our usually scheduled Salon date on Sunday, December 10th at 5pm at the Community Center (please note NOT Pioneer Hall), 59 Winburn Way. Please bring a pot luck dish (pick either a main dish, a side vegetable dish, salad or dessert) which serves 6-8 that you wish to share with all. Also bring your own tableware (plate, cutlery, and beverage container, preferable non-disposable). Beverages (wine, water, or beer) will be provided by The Jefferson Center. Like last year we are planning a White Elephant gift exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with that concept please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange(link is external) (link is external). The gift should be suitable for either sex. Please bring the gift wrapped in a plain brown shopping style bag. You can decorate this bag if you like. We will also have a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest so dig into you or your family's vintage clothes and if you can find an old Christmas sweater. Don't have any...this is the time to be creative and make your own. We expect to see plenty of glitter and lights for those that try this option. This should be fun and there will be prizes!! This party, like our salons, are open to friends of the Jefferson Center as well. This is a good opportunity for friends of the Jefferson Center to get to know our members and for members to invite friends who might be interested in learning more about the Jefferson Center and possibly joining. Please invite someone and join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Please note starting time is 5pm.
New Scientist Discussion Group Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:00pm The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday December 14th, 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!
Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Bright-sided: How positive thinking is undermining America Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:00pm Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
"Brain Books" discussion canceled Tue, 12/26/2017 - 1:30pm

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

  • 12/09/2017 - 3:00pm

    There will be a Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting on Saturday, December 9th, 3pm at the home of Diana Spade (email dianaspademd@gmail.com for directions). This is open to all members.

  • 12/10/2017 - 5:00pm

    The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party will be during our usually scheduled Salon date on Sunday, December 10th at 5pm at the Community Center (please note NOT Pioneer Hall), 59 Winburn Way. Please bring a pot luck dish (pick either a main dish, a side vegetable dish, salad or dessert) which serves 6-8 that you wish to share with all. Also bring your own tableware (plate, cutlery, and beverage container, preferable non-disposable). Beverages (wine, water, or beer) will be provided by The Jefferson Center. Like last year we are planning a White Elephant gift exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with that concept please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange(link is external) (link is external). The gift should be suitable for either sex. Please bring the gift wrapped in a plain brown shopping style bag. You can decorate this bag if you like. We will also have a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest so dig into you or your family's vintage clothes and if you can find an old Christmas sweater. Don't have any...this is the time to be creative and make your own. We expect to see plenty of glitter and lights for those that try this option. This should be fun and there will be prizes!! This party, like our salons, are open to friends of the Jefferson Center as well. This is a good opportunity for friends of the Jefferson Center to get to know our members and for members to invite friends who might be interested in learning more about the Jefferson Center and possibly joining. Please invite someone and join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Please note starting time is 5pm.


Book Group


New Scientist

  • 12/14/2017 - 4:00pm

    The New Scientist drinking and discussion group will meet Thursday December 14th, 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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