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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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Eloise Brière:

"Haiti: Once the Pearl of the Caribbean… "

This presentation offers a look at Haiti today, as well as a look back at Haiti’s past. How did this Caribbean country, once France’s greatest source of wealth come to be perceived by our current President as a place worthy of the dung-hill of humanity? How did this country, the only place in the world to mount a successful slave revolution manage to create an independent nation-state just a few years after the USA freed itself from British rule? How was the Haitian quest freedom perceived in Pre-Civil War USA ? Is some element of that perception still with us today? Is there a connection between the occupation of that nation by the USA and the rise of its most notorious dictator, Papa Doc Duvalier? Illustrations will show Haiti prior to, and after the 2010 earthquake. Why did most of the money pledged to help Haiti rebuild go to United Nations agencies and NGOs often never leaving donor governments? Has this international occupation ushered in more, or less, stability? Illustrations will also show Haitian vision and creativity at work in art in spite of such odds.

Eloise A. Brière. Professor of French and Francophone Literatures, Emerita – The University at Albany –SUNY. Native of Western Massachusetts. Prior teaching: Senegal, West Africa (Collège St. Jeanne d’Arc), University of Toronto and Rutgers’ University. Research and teaching on West Africa, the Caribbean and French North America. Led student travel to Haiti, Senegal, Quebec. Publications analyze how colonization contributed to the erasure of indigenous cultures and histories but also led to cultural innovation. Examines the new discourses which unsettled old literary and/or cultural cannons through writing (literature) and film.

Sunday, May 13th, 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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