Jamestown, N.Y. – Retired Jamestown Community College sociology professor Dr. Jeffrey Victor will discuss “The Psychological Origins of Moral Conscience” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. virtual service on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
Victor will explore the question “How can parents cultivate a moral conscience in their children?,” pointing out that if we know the psychological origins of moral conscience in normal adults, we can cultivate it better in our children.
He will acquire some insight by looking at extreme examples of helping behavior: how ordinary people act under extraordinary circumstances. He will present three true stories, one of which happened in Jamestown to Unitarians.
Victor taught at Jamestown Community College for 52 years. In 1988, he received the New York State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been an invited speaker at conferences in France, Scotland, and the Netherlands and appeared on national television programs including Larry King Live, The Maury Povich Show, and The View.
Victor has been a member of the UUCJ since 1966. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974 and has published two books, nine chapters in edited books, and 32 articles in popular and scholarly magazines. His first book was a textbook for college courses in human sexuality.
Victor’s book Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend is a sociological research study of rumors and claims about secret criminal satanic cults and false accusations of such crimes. It received the H. L. Mencken Award from the Free Press Association for the best book of 1993 that deals with the protection of individual rights against abuses of power. His most recent publications are “The Social Consequences of Economic Inequality” (2019) and “The Social Forces behind Trump’s War on Science” (2018) in Free Inquiry, “Adventures in Search of Wild Gourmet Mushrooms” in Edible Western NY (June, 2019), and “French Vegetables for the Fall Table” in Mother Earth Living (November, 2019).
Because of COVID-19 concerns, UUCJ Sunday services are remaining virtual instead of returning to 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link goes out on Saturday afternoon, but you can request to join until the start of the service on Sunday.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.