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Surviving Peoples Temple at Jonestown: One Woman’s Story

Laura Kohls Johnston

Peoples Temple was a response and thought to be a solution to the historic events taking place in the 1950s. From about 1953 on, television brought a new dimension to understanding history. We thought we could watch it as it evolved. We could see the characters and personalities, and we could see the consequences immediately. In other words, we could not just ignore the world around us anymore. This lecture will examine that part of U.S. history which allowed the creation and success of Peoples Temple, and what happened in Guyana on November 18, 1978.

Instructor: Laura Kohls Johnston is a Jonestown survivor who returned to California from Guyana, and overcame great trauma, 38 years ago. Since that time she has been a bilingual elementary-school teacher, author, and public speaker. She will be participating on an advisory committee for the Peoples Temple Collection at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. Kohls is the author of a book about her experiences, Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look.

Coordinator: Eileen Coblens

Course Number: OSHR-70085   Credit: 0 units


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06/09/2017 In-class 123385 $0.00  

Day and Time: Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla