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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, August 11th, 2019!

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:



Photo: Eric Korenman

Dr. Valerie Rapson presents:

"TESS and the Hunt for Exoplanets"

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next big observatory hunting for planets outside our solar system. This space-based telescope is scanning the entire night sky for transiting exoplanets, providing us with a celestial census of exoplanetary systems. Join us as we learn about this new observatory, and about the many discoveries it has already made.

Dr. Valerie Rapson is the Outreach Astronomer at the Dudley Observatory. She was interested in astronomy from an early age. After graduating from the Univ. of Rochester, she obtained her Ph.D in Astrophysical Sciences & Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Valerie served 2 years as president of the Rochester Academy of Sciences Astronomy Section. She has also been professionally recognized for her extensive experience in educating the public about astronomy.


  • 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

    Also send website comments to: webmaster (at) humanistsociety (dot) org