Posts Tagged ‘The Jonestown Institute’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Current Schedule 2017-2018

Jonestown Survivor - Current Schedule  Currently, I am writing my 2nd book.  Additionally, I have these scheduled presentations: July 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm - I am attending: San Francisco’s Museum of African Diaspora White Nights, Black Paradise | A Screening and Discussion on Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown   August 8 - Panelist 10:30-12 (as a Quaker) 2017 Poway Interfaith Team putting on a 2017 NAIN “CONNECT” Conference, San Diego   October 5-7 Presenter of two Scholarly Papers on Peoples Temple at Communal Studies Association Conference in Zoar Community, in Ohio 2017 Conference Theme: “To succeed, grow and survive, all successful communal groups have had ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Upcoming Class

Jonestown Survivor News - I have been asked to teach a 5-week OSHER Class here in San Diego. Here is the Course Outline:      Selected History of the 1960s and 1970s Laura Johnston Kohl, Jonestown Survivor and Author, will present a 5-week study of selected United States History from the 1960s and 1970s. Each class will focus on a different aspect of those two decades. -1st class will review US History, beginning with the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks, including the assassinations of five inspiring leaders in the 1960s, and ending in 1970. -2nd class will review the struggles for different national communities to gain ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR to Present at UCSD OSHER Class

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR will present at an UCSD OSHER Class: 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 ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Writing for Jonestown Report

I am excited, and determined, this week to finish up two articles for THE JONESTOWN REPORT (November 2016 on-line edition). One article will be a review of Eusi Kwayana's A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN, from the Guyanese perspective. I love Eusi and his wife Tchaiko, who have been mentors (to me and to my son Raul) over the years as I tried to be a teacher who opened my students' eyes to the "REAL" history taking place all around us. I get to re-visit his book and all the reasons I felt enriched after reading it, as it evolved before being ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – What’s Going On?

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR- What’s Going On? This has been a busy summer for me. I’ve traveled to Washington, D.C. (my birthplace), New York (my husband’s birthplace), San Francisco, Oakland, Visalia, Tijuana, and all over southern California. I have presented at libraries, senior centers, street fairs, and conferences.  I have had a number of interviews related to my life (Peoples Temple, Woodstock, Black Panthers, and/or Synanon) for documentaries, newspapers, blogtalk radio, and research projects. When I am not taking care of that, I am an activist. I do work on making the world a more sane place for all of us. I am politically ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT THE BERKELEY BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL                   I hosted an author’s table this weekend (June 4 and 5, 2016) at my second Bay Area Book Festival. I set up a table with photos of Peoples Temple. I had an aerial photo of Jonestown in 1978, which shows how much hard work we put into creating the community. I had photos of the Evergreen Cemetery tombstone and the newer panels listing the names of all of those who died in Guyana. I had photos of some of the ceremonies and gatherings we survivors have held over the years. And, ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVORS: California Historical Society Hosts Panel Discussion

Here is a link to a wonderful discussion hosted by the California Historical Society and the SF Publis Library on October 21, 2015. I am so sorry I missed it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzE3Ra7ag4c Published on Nov 13, 2015 On October 21, 2015 the California Historical Society hosted a panel discussion with David Talbot, author of "Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love;" Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle; Eugene Smith, author and Peoples Temple survivor; and John Cobb, author and Peoples Temple survivor. The panel was moderated by Anthea Hartig, Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society. • Category o Education

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016 When 914 members of Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. After participating with the Black Panthers, and attending Woodstock, Laura moved into Peoples Temple in California in 1970, and was an active and enthusiastic member until it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She lived her first year in Georgetown, purchasing supplies, then moved to Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride away. She moved back into Georgetown in October ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Answers an Author’s Questions

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Answers Questions from a New Author I often get questions from people who are studying Peoples Temple and Jonestown. hey are educTators, authors, or curious students. A student writing a book aobut Peoples Temple has contacted me and asked these questions. I used to just answer questions for the individual. Now, I tend to think that others have questions about some of the same things. I have started answering the questions here in my blog. (I do not correct their grammar - I cut and paste their questions.) 1.  In "Raven," Reiterman described the onset of the siege as "bedlam," and related ...

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