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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:


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Dr. Walter E. Little,
Professor of Anthropology, University at Albany:

"The Economics of Diversity: Collective Responses to Disaster in Guatemala"

How community and non-governmental organizations and individuals across racial, ethnic, and class lines rethink economic development. The local response was not merely that different sectors came together but that new ideas about equitable economic practices and reducing poverty became part of the discussion. While it is still too early to know what changes will occur as the affected communities dig out and rebuild, the conversations around socially conscious development is encouraging.

When Dr. White and Josephine Ryan discussed a topic for our meeting, he was in the middle of research on transnational indigenous textile production and commerce, mainly in Guatemala and Mexico. Even though he is still working on that, he was thrust into the relief efforts following the eruption of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala.


Sunday, September 9th, 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.

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