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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:




Olga Z. Porterfield:

"Jewish Exodus From the Soviet Union"

Our June speaker, Olga Z. Porterfield, will give a brief overview of the struggle for emigration undertaken by Soviet Jews, as well as her personal emigration story. Soviet Jews who wanted leave during the Cold War were treated as pawns in geo-political games. Soviet Jews who were granted permission to emigrate were stripped of their citizenship and became “stateless.” They risked never seeing their families again after they left the Soviet Union.

Olga Z. Porterfield, who is a member of CDHS, was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. In 1979 at the age of 20, Olga left her home hoping to build a better life. She came to the US as a refugee on her own because her parents were refused exit visas. They reunited ten years later.

Sunday, June 10th, 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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