Bay Area Humanists Reading Group Starting

As a complement to its ongoing activities, Bay Area Humanists (BAH) is launching a reading/discussion group. The text for the group will be one of the many excellent anthologies published by the Great Books Foundation or GBF.  This approach has several advantages

First, since the readings are selected by GBF experts, the quality of the writing is consistently high, usually excellent. Second, the selections average twenty to thirty pages in length. This enables the close reading that great writing usually demands and rewards, and it enables us to examine each reading carefully at a single meeting. Third, it is inexpensive: most GBF anthologies costs $30 or less, and each has about eighteen selections, enough to keep us busy for a year and a half. Fourth, great literature is at the heart of the humanities, and working through great literature together is an excellent way to enhance community. This will be especially so if we carry on the great BAH tradition of adjourning to a local restaurant after each meeting to continue our discussions there.

If you want to join the reading group, please come to this meeting.  We will discuss the time, place of our future meetings, and which anthologies to start with. Check out their more recent titlesIf you are interested, even if you cannot attend the meeting, send the reading group coordinator, Marty Carcieri ([masked]) an e-mail.

For more information about Bay Area Humanists check out our website and Facebook page.

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  • Marty

    David and Corey, I'm glad you guys are interested, but I don't have your e-mail addresses handy. Please send them to me at [masked] and I'll let you know exactly what we decided yesterday. Marty

    April 20, 2014

  • David D.

    Marty, I would like to be on the mail list. Maybe I will argue myself into attending meetings.

    April 20, 2014

  • Marty

    Hi All, great meeting yesterday. Aria, we decided to use the Civically Engaged Reader, available on Amazon and the GBF website. If you want to be included in the e-mail strand I'll send out later today for the book group, let me know at [masked]. Marty

    April 20, 2014

    • Corey L.

      Marty, please include me on the email list. I think you have my contact info. Wish you could have all been at #aacon14 it has been great.

      April 20, 2014

  • Bonnie J B.

    Ditto!!Laura, hope to see you all next meet-up.

    April 20, 2014

  • Paul R.

    I am so glad I went! Terrific!

    April 19, 2014

  • Aria

    Sorry I couldn't make it. I am interested though. What was the outcome of today's meeting?

    April 19, 2014

  • Laura M.

    My Lorde ... er, oh my gawwwd ... um, Wholly Cowl! What a great meeting that was!! Geeez!

    April 19, 2014

  • Maura

    Hey there, I'm going to be about a half-hour late.

    April 19, 2014

  • Marty

    Hi Phil, no problem. If we get a quorum and can agree on a text to use (both texts I indicated have now been delivered to me and they both look great), and a monthly meeting day, we'll let you know. Thanks for your interest, have a good time, see you soon. Marty

    April 12, 2014

  • Phil C.

    Hey Marty, my family is getting together in Santa Rosa on the 19th. Sorry to miss the planning session.

    April 11, 2014

  • Marty

    Hi Michelle, yes it's primarily a planning meeting. I'll bring a couple of the suggested anthologies for us to look over and consider, as well as a couple of one page handouts. Just bring your smiling face! Marty

    April 6, 2014

  • michelle

    Hi Marty. I am looking forward to this group. Is the first meeting primarily a planning meeting? Is there anything we need to bring?

    April 6, 2014

  • Marty

    Thanks to Corey, David, Maureen, and Robert for their interest and support. If we get this monthly group going, we hope you can join us at some point. Marty

    April 6, 2014

  • Corey L.

    I wish I could join but this is scheduled during the national American Atheists convention which I will be attending. Please provide some post-meeting follow-up information.

    April 3, 2014

  • David D.

    This sounds SO great. I am a reader, a book freak ... but I know I am not going to go to SF for these meetings. I applaud & wish great attendance & acceptance. You GO Marty!

    April 2, 2014

  • Maureen

    I'm interested but cannot attend 3rd Saturdays as I have a regular work party for a nonprofit that day of each month. Looks like a great group!

    April 2, 2014

  • Robert

    Congratulations to the organizers of this group, which promises excellence. Therefore I shall make a strong effort to attend. Prof. Marty Carcieri is an excellent presenter!

    April 2, 2014

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