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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:




Dr. Vivek Jain, Assoc. Prof. of Physics, U Albany:

"The Big Bang Theory"

There is overwhelming evidence that our universe started as a point and has been expanding ever since. We have discovered that the visible part of the universe (galaxies, interstellar dust) only accounts for about 5% of the energy (or mass) of the universe, with the rest being due to dark matter (30%) and dark energy (65%). The last is particularly mysterious. In this talk, we will explore these concepts and other recent discoveries, and also discuss some of the unanswered questions.

Dr. Jain specializes in the field of Elementary Particle Physics, and conducts his research at the Large Hadron Collider operating at the CERN laboratory, Switzerland. In the past, he has collaborated on experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Cornell University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He received his M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (1981), and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1988).


Sunday, November 11th, 2018


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.

Contact us for further information at:

webmaster (at) humanistsociety (dot) org

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