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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.

05/11/2014 - 4:00pm Briscoe Geology Park Tour

Len Eisenberg, past president of The Jefferson Center, will lead a tour through geologic time at the Briscoe Geology Park, 265 N Main St, Ashland on Sunday May 11 at 4pm. Bring your questions and comments for the many issues, both ancient and modern, connected to study of earth and life history. Briscoe Geology Park contains three 'time walks' along with visitors and students discover local geology, and how life and our planet have changed through time. Adventurous souls can try their hand at a grade 6 to 8 activity sheet, the same as students attempt to complete when they come to the park on field trips. More about the park can be found at http://ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=14136. Please note we will meet at the Park and then gather for refreshments and discussion following the presentation in Len's studio inside the old Briscoe Elementary School.

04/13/2014 - 4:00pm "Engaging Creationists: Should You?"

We often hear or read something about the origins that is so erroneous that it takes us by surprise and often leaves us speechless. Do we remain silent or speak up? If we decide to challenge statements that are incorrect we should probably ask ourselves several important questions first. What are our goals? How effective will we be? Will presenting evidence work? Are there any dangers to relationships? In this presentation by Dr Jon Peters we will look at why arguing with evidence can often make the situation worse and why, the contribution of confirmation bias, and how motivated reasoning is so central to the creationist. Please note change of venue ...we will be meeting at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

03/09/2014 - 4:00pm "The History of Hell"

Hell has long been, and still is, a source of foreboding and terror for many human beings.
What is the history and evolution of our ideas about Hell and the devil? How is Hell related to the earlier concepts of Sheol, Gehenna, Tartarus, and Hades? We will explore these dark themes in a multimedia presentation by the Jefferson Center's President, Roy Kindell.

02/09/2014 - 4:00pm "The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular People"

Mark Yaconelli will present "The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular People". The Hearth is Southern Oregon's own personal storytelling series. Once a quarter Mark, its founder and director, gathers a diverse group of community members to tell a true story, first person, based on a theme. Past themes include: "Crime and Punishment" and "Into the Wild: Wilderness Tails." The purposes is to create more community and to call people out of hiding. Learn how this community activity can be therapeutic to all, benefitting not only the story teller but the listener as well. Mark Yaconelli, who lives in Ashland, is a facilitator, writer, and community activist. He currently works as the Program Director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont Lincoln University.

01/12/2014 - 2:00pm "Planning the Future of the Jefferson Center"

January 12 special Salon: "Planning the Future of the Jefferson Center." Note early start time (2 PM to allow for an extended discussion) and different location (PIONEER HALL at 73 Winburn Way). This meeting will give Jefferson Center members a chance to assess how we are doing as a community, clarify how we can better serve the needs of members, and shape programs and policies of the Center. Please come and share your ideas about the future direction of the Jefferson Center. To help create an open and productive discussion, we have invited Mark Yaconelli to facilitate the dialogue.

12/08/2013 - 4:00pm "Atheists: Who are They? A Survey of Recent Academic Research."

Please join us at The Jefferson Center on December 8th, at 4pm when member Ed Budge presents "Atheists: Who are They? A Survey of Recent Academic Research." Ed will be presenting a representative survey of the literature while not necessarily defending any particular position or conclusion. We are sure to learn more about one of the fastest growing groups in the US.

11/10/2013 - 4:00pm "Supplementary, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Myths"

Salon for Sunday November 10, 2013, 4-6pm, at the Jefferson Center will be Mark Crislip, MD speaking on the harm of Supplementary, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He will touch on placebos, the popularity of SCAM, the cognitive issues that allow someone to believe in unsubstantiated medical treatment, and the harm of SCAM.

10/13/2013 - 4:00pm 'Everything you ever wanted to know about Marijuana but were afraid to ask.'

On October 13, 2013 at 4pm The Jefferson Center Salon "Everything you ever wanted to know about Marijuana but were afraid to ask" will be present by Alex Rogers who has been an activist for cannabis legalization for over 20 years and is currently the CEO of Ashland Alternative Health. Topics to be covered include: Oregon medical marijuana laws and how they are enforced, what may happen in the future in terms of legalization, how other states are dealing with recent marijuana laws enacted (WA & CO), what is happening at the federal level and how this interacts with state laws, and the progress of federal legalization.

09/08/2013 - 4:00pm "Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's): How are they made, what are they, and what are the issues?"

At the September 8th Salon at the Jefferson Center, Dr.Ray Seidler, Microbiologist and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Biosafety research expert will describe what a genetically engineered organism is, how it is constructed in the laboratory, and report to us on some of the issues that make commercial aspects of the DNA technology controversial to many people.

08/11/2013 - 4:00pm Summer Break

The Salon program is taking its usual summer break; the Salon Committee is resting and everyone else (we hope) is enjoying the season. The program resumes on September 8th with Dr.Ray Seidler, Microbiologist and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Biosafety research expert, who will describe what a genetically engineered organism is, how it is constructed in the laboratory, and report to us on some of the issues that make commercial aspects of the DNA technology controversial to many people. For more information please check Future Salons.

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