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Salon: Past Events

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.

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.

06/09/2013 - 4:00pm June Salon: "On Events of a Certain Weekend in the Spring of 33CE" by Len Eisenberg

On Sunday June 9, 4pm, at The Jefferson Center, President Len Eisenberg will present “On Events of a Certain Weekend in the spring of 33CE”. Meeting Christian apologists on their own ground, Len accepts their principal evidential claims of the resurrection of Jesus as true (an empty tomb, and appearances reported by followers) but uses biblical passages, testimony of the Jewish historian Josephus, and modern medical knowledge, to construct a plausible, perfectly natural explanation for the events on a weekend 200 centuries ago.

05/12/2013 - 4:00pm May Salon: "Your trickster brain: How to avoid being fooled!" presented by Dr Pamela Haunschild

Salon on May 12 at 4pm "Your trickster brain: How to avoid being fooled!" will be presented by friend of The Jefferson Center Dr. Pamela Haunschild, the Jack R. Crosby Regents Emeritus Chair of Business Administration at University of Texas at Austin. Her academic research focuses on decision making and learning (and non-learning) from mistakes and errors.

04/14/2013 - 4:00pm April Salon: Fighting Creeping Creationism

NOTE CHANGE: Fighting Creeping Creationism.
The Jefferson Center April Salon will present a PBS Bill Moyers program on stealth efforts to insert creationism and ID in school curricula, and heroic efforts to fight back. A student activist and author Susan Jacoby are featured. Lively discussion among members to follow. Refreshments included at the Center, #101 Old Ashland Armory.

03/10/2013 - 4:00pm Salon: A TED Talk by Alain de Botton

A TED Talk presentation by Alain de Botton. Atheism 2.0 "What Aspect of Religion Should Atheists (Respectfully) Adopt." In this 19 min presentation Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence. This will be followed by a lively discussion of the attendants view of this concept.

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