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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.

Special Event -Sunday, March 8th, 2020!

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:

How the Trump Administration is Getting Us Ready for Nuclear War


The scrapping of nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, the massive U.S. nuclear weapons buildup, and Trump's repeated threats of nuclear war represent a growing menace to human survival.

Lawrence Wittner is Professor of History Emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany, where he taught courses on the History of American Foreign Policy and International History for 36 years.

Before that, he taught at Hampton Institute, Vassar College, and (under the Fulbright program) at Japanese universities. He has served as president of the Peace History Society (an affiliate of the American Historical Association) and as convener of the Peace History Commission of the International Peace Research Association. Recently, he completed a term as co-chair of the national board of Peace Action (the largest grassroots peace organization in the United States).


  • Program 1:15 p.m; (Refreshments 12:30)
    • 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.

    Click here for directions.

    Click here for the upcoming meeting.


    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

    Also send website comments to: webmaster (at) humanistsociety (dot) org