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Welcome To The Capital District Humanist Society

“Ignorance is of a peculiar nature: once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant.”
— Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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 greater Capital District region of New York. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship. The Capital District Humanist Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-partisan educational organization. We have programs or speakers every month that are interesting, thought-provoking, entertaining, and educational. The Capital District has many institutions of higher learning, is the state’s center of government, and is home to many community organizations. As a result, there is a rich pool of educators, scientists, politicians, lobbyists, authors, and leaders of non-profits and social justice organizations willing to speak to our group. CDHS has also had speakers from national organizations like the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association. Our monthly programs are free and open to the public.

CDHS Program Photos

fig. Minita Sanghvi speaks to CDHS.
fig. Tim Guinee talks about Climate Reality.
fig. Tim Guinee speaks to an audience of 85 attendees about "Climate Change, New York, and Hope".
fig. Javier Corrales speaks to CDHS.