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Bay Area Humanists (BAH) is a group committed to promoting a positive identity focussed on reason, empathy, and leading an ethical life. We organize different kinds of events in and around San Francisco, and hope to see you at one of them. There is no cost to be a member of our MeetUp, or to attend our events. Operating costs are covered by membership dues. Become a dues paying BAH member, learn more about us, and register to receive our newsletter by visiting https://sfhumanists.org.

Upcoming events (2)

2021 Bay Area Humanists Member Meeting - Via Zoom

Online event

Annual meeting for paid BAH members. Members of BAH Meet-up are NOT automatically paid members of BAH. To join go to https://sfhumanists.org.

Link to meeting will be emailed to all paid BAH members.

Gilgamesh, A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

Online event

Join us on video chat as we discuss this month's book. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

A Zoom link will be visible to those who RSVP on the day of the event. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to add any +1s, and to change your RSVP early if you can't make it.

We will select the next book from those present at this meeting through a voting process. If you'd like to add a book to the running, be ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available digitally from the SF Public Library.

The moving tale of a king who mourns the death of his closest friend and consequently undertakes a journey to discover the secrets of immortality, Gilgamesh has been in existence for thousands of years but was not discovered and translated until the 19th century. Written in Akkadian and Sumerian, the surviving texts have been translated many times, sometimes in literal versions and other times in sparer, more dramatic renderings. Prolific translator Mitchell uses various versions of the tale to achieve a fuller and more free-flowing adaptation. In his extensive notes, he indicates where he adds, transfers, or omits lines in order to create an exciting narrative. In the introduction, he parallels Gilgamesh's ill-fated journey to kill a dragon with George W. Bush's war in Iraq, but he does not belabor the point, which is just as well. The reader will want to read the long introduction after the poem, as too much of the plot is revealed there.

Previous Book Club Selections and Suggestions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rOYjJXpE_ixZg6F9YezAFSQrWBQxMR251tNrkARVJVw/edit#heading=h.o2l40ud82ng0

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