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Salon Information

Salon Program
Jefferson Center Salons present topics of interest to our community, and provide a forum for lively discussion afterward. Topics are selected by a committe of members. We serve refreshments contributed by volunteers and have a brief social time before the start of the program. Salons are typically held on the second Sunday of each month at 4pm at The Jefferson Center, 208 Oak Street, Suite 101 in Ashland. Guests of members and interested visitors are always welcome to join us. To volunteer for refreshments or make a suggestion for a future salon, please contact committee chair Diana Spade by clicking here.

11/13/2016 - 4:00pm Why Local Journalism Matters

Join Cathy Noah, Editor in Chief of the Medford Tribune, at Suite 101, Old Ashland Armory, for a lively discussion of Journalism and the Internet. People have a lot of options these days for getting their news -- so many, in fact, that some think they no longer need the traditional sources of media. But dig deeper into that story and you'll find the news that you consume on social media or your favorite website likely originated with a traditional journalist. That's especially true at the local level, as Cathy knows well.

10/09/2016 - 4:00pm 2016 Election: What matters most to you? What would you change if you could?

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.

09/11/2016 - 4:00pm He Said, She Said: Getting Two Sides (and Little Else) In Modern Journalism

Geoffrey Riley, host of The Jefferson Exchange on JPR, will discuss the tendency in contemporary journalism to get opinions and not much more to make up a story... and to find just ONE other side, when there not only could be multiple views, but there could also be NO responsible alternative view. The lack of funding for investigative journalism in the country is likely to make the problem worse. Join the conversation at the Jefferson Center meeting room, Suite 101, downstairs at the Old Ashland Armory.

07/10/2016 - 4:00pm Jefferson Center Salon

As customary the Jefferson Center Salon's will be on vacation during July and August. Please rejoin us on Sunday, September 11th. Have a great summer!!

06/12/2016 - 4:00pm Jefferson Center Summer Social/Salon

On Sunday, June 12th, from 4-8 in the Pioneer Hall, Ashland there will be a combined Jefferson Center Summer Social and Salon. The Jefferson Center's founder, Bob Semes, will our honored guest with a special presentation: “BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE: REFLECTIONS ON THE LATEST BOOKS REGARDING LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION, PLUS SOME THOUGHTS FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON.” This is a great opportunity to not only to meet and socialize with fellow Jefferson Center members but also to reacquaint with Bob or, for some, to meet him for the first time. We will have the usual pot luck….bring your favorite dish (serving 6-8) to be shared by all. Any dish will do, an appetizer, a vegetarian main dish, vegetable, or salad. Do not bring a meat dish (chicken, ham and roast beef) or desert……they will be provided as will the beverages (wine, beer, and water) although you are welcome to bring drinks to share. Please bring your own tableware (plate, utensils, and a beverage container) preferably non disposable.

05/08/2016 - 4:00pm May Salon Topic: Can Science Answer Moral Questions?

Is it ever possible for humans to derive values objectively, logically or scientifically from facts alone? We will watch, then discuss Sam Harris’ twenty-three minute TED talk where he makes the controversial claim that science can indeed answer moral questions. Discussion will be facilitated by Roy Kindell. Light refreshments will be available.

04/10/2016 - 4:00pm "Planned Parenthood: Past, Present and Future"

Doris Towery, Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, will present an overview of Planned Parenthood: Past, Present and Future. Her presentation will include information on the structure of PP, history, available services, funding, political de-funding efforts and recent controversy seen on Fox . We will then have a discussion. The same Tea Party types that continue to mix church & state have made Planned Parenthood a target, so we will be very interested in hearing from Doris. There will be a way to donate for those that are interested. PLEASE NOTE because of the congestion at the Historical Armory due to AIFF.....this will be at The Haven, 1970 Ashland St, Ashland OR.
Doris Towery is a recovering newspaper publisher and the Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. She has served as Executive Director of Eugene Hearing & Speech Center and the Chief Operating Officer and Development Director at United Way of Lane County for nine years. While serving at both organizations they were honored as being one of Oregon’s top 100 Non-profits to work for. Prior to her work at United Way Doris was in Newspapers for 12 years. Doris served as a Publisher in Auburn, NY, Helena, MT and finally as Publisher for The Springfield News and Cottage Grove Sentinel here in Oregon. While working in newspapers Doris was honored by the Newspaper Association of America as one of 20 people under 40 making a difference in the industry.

03/15/2016 - 7:00pm "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World"

The Jefferson Center will be having a 'Special' Salon on Tuesday, March 15, from 7-9pm in the Meese Room, Third Floor, SOU Hannon Library in Ashland. In this fiery talk, "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World", David Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong, it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down. Examining the mentality, methods and issues facing any firebrand atheist, Silverman presents an overwhelming argument for activist atheism. Please join us for this lively event.
David Silverman is the President of American Atheists, America's oldest nonprofit organization that supports the rights of atheists and the removal of expressions of religion in the public when possibly interpretable as governmental endorsement, in accordance with the First Amendment of the US Constitution. He is best known for his "firebrand" style of activism, which has landed him numerous appearances on national TV shows including 'The O'Reilly Factor' and 'Hannity'. David's first book "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World" will be available for sale at this event.

03/13/2016 - 4:00pm "Questions No One Knows the Answers To"

On Sunday, March 13th, at 4-6pm the Jefferson Center Salon will be presented by Roy Kindell: “Questions No One Knows the Answers To”. What is consciousness? Do we have free will? Is there life beyond death? Is the universe infinite? Does life exist beyond the Earth? No one knows the answers to questions such as these – yet we cannot help being curious about them, or enjoy musing about them. In this session we will explore them once again. Roy Kindell is President of the Jefferson Center, a member of the ScienceWorks Science Advisory Board, and was a founding board member of the National Center for Science Education. This program will be at the Jefferson Center located in the basement of the Old Ashland Armory.

02/14/2016 - 4:00pm "The Reality of Socialism"

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.