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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.

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.

02/10/2013 - 4:00pm Salon: The End of Life without God

The End of Life without God will be the Salon topic, explored as a group, facilitated by members, Diana Spade and Richard LeVitt, where all participants will be able to share their personal views on facing the end of life as a secular person.

01/13/2013 - 4:00pm Salon: Fracking and Resurgent Oil and Gas Production in the USA

At the January 13 Salon at The Jefferson Center, petroleum geologist Len Eisenberg will describe the basics of petroleum exploration and hydraulic fracturing, contamination problems and remedies.

12/09/2012 - 5:30pm Winter Potluck Social

Our annual end-of-year potluck social event will take place Sunday, December 9 at 5:30pm in Pioneer Hall. Pioneer Hall is located across from lovely Lithia Park at 73 Winburn Way, a short block from the downtown Ashland plaza. We’ll be able to reflect on the year just past, and look forward to the next. Plates, cups, utensils and napkins, and wine, beer, water and sparkling cider will be provided, courtesy of The Jefferson Center. There is a full kitchen at Pioneer Hall available for our use.

11/11/2012 - 4:00pm Salon: The Affordable Care Act

Beginning 4pm, at The Jefferson Center, a presentation entitled "The Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and You" will be given by friend of The Jefferson Center Sarah Cottrell.

10/07/2012 - 4:00pm Salon: Religion vs. Rationality

“Religion vs Rationality – Why Do We Believe?” will be presented by Board member Roy Kindell. Are faith and reason incompatible? Does religion derive from deep biological roots?

09/09/2012 - 4:00pm Salon: End of Life Strategies

The Salon this month at The Jefferson Center will be “End of Life Exit Strategies” given by member and retired physician Bill Southworth. The discussion will include tips on preparing an advance medical directive, the legal and religious impediments to self-deliverance, the ethical implications of a caregiver’s role, the meaning of “assisting” a suicide, the impact of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, as well as other methods and sources for self deliverance. Refreshments and social time will begin at 4pm and the talk shortly thereafter.