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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:


Kayne with horse


Susan Kayne:

"Equine Rescue"

Susan Kayne is the founder and CEO of the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation, which is dedicated to saving the lives of thoroughbreds at risk of slaughter. The Foundation’s efforts focus on advocacy, education, funding, and media, and equine rescue, adoption, and sanctuary. Despite thoroughbreds’ elevated status as elite equine athletes, the law classifies them with food and other animals as livestock. Estimates show that annually between 10,000 and 20,000 thoroughbreds die at slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. “American Horses are not bred for food, nor are they raised and regulated as food animals. What is egregious is the betrayal of so many thousands of trusting horses who have willingly done all that has been asked and yet are sent away to a gruesome end – it’s simply immoral and totally unjustifiable.” Susan began riding at age 2, and quickly developed a passion for all things Horse. For over three decades, Susan has raised and raced thoroughbreds, and retrained many dozens of racehorses for second careers. This summer, she will be in Oxford, England, speaking on the Challenges of Protecting Thoroughbreds from Cruelty and Slaughter at the University of Oxford in Cambridge, England at the 5th Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School.


Sunday, August 12th, 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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