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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. Minita Sanghvi PhD:

"Why She Lost: Gender and Political Marketing in the 2016 Presidential Election"

This talk will examine Secretary Hillary Clinton and Billionaire Businessman Donald Trump's 2016 US presidential campaign from a gender and marketing perspective. It starts with the Democratic and Republican Primaries in 2015 and ends with exploring options for 2020 US presidential election Democratic Party nominees focusing specifically on Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The talk is based on my research and my forthcoming book, Gender and Political Marketing in the United States and the 2016 Presidential Election: An Analysis of Why She Lost published by Palgrave MacMillian.

Dr. Minita Sanghvi is an assistant professor in the management and business department at Skidmore College where she teaches business, marketing, gender and politics in the United States. She received her MBA from NMIMS India, MS in Consumer Sciences from University of Arizona, PhD from Bryan School of Business and Economics at University of North Carolina Greensboro and her Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University. Her dissertation, Marketing the female president: An exploration of gender, appearance and power won the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation award at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Management, and Advances of Consumer Research. Her book Gender and Political Marketing in the United States and the 2016 Presidential Election: An Analysis of Why She Lost published by Palgrave MacMillian is forthcoming this summer. You can follow her work at

Sunday, April 8th, 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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