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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, September 8th, 2019!

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:


Photo: Eric Korenman

Dr. Linda Czuba Brigance presents:

"Anna & Henrietta Mercy: Militant Maids of the Lower Eastside"

Sisters Anna & Henrietta Mercy were a dynamic duo of socialist activism in the Lower East Side. As young children they immigrated to the US from Austria with their parents in the late 1800s; as young women, they devoted their time and many talents to the East Side Equal Rights League’s agenda of women’s economic and political equality. They made national headlines in 1910 when Henrietta Mercy and long-time Tammany Hall politician James Oliver became embroiled in a “she said-he said’ incident that suffragists used to their rhetorical advantage. Largely forgotten today, the Mercy Sisters were important pieces of what suffrage pioneer Alice Paul called the “great mosaic” of social change.

: Linda Czuba Brigance is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She received her BS in Social Work and MS in Communication from the University of Memphis and PhD in Rhetoric from the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on political communication, women’s history and the rhetoric of collective memory. She is President of the Buffalo Presidential Center Board of Trustees and tutors English Language Learners from Buffalo’s large immigrant community.


  • 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

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