January 30, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rebecca Moore will give the talk, "A Dream Deferred: The Promise and Pathos of Peoples Temple," Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Griot Institute series, "Jonestown Reconsidered, 35 years later."

Chair of the department of religious studies at San Diego State University, Moore is co-editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of New and Emergent Religions, and served on the Steering Committee of the New Religious Movements Group of the American Academy of Religion for six years.

She has published extensively on Peoples Temple, her interest stemming, in part, from the loss of three family members in the mass deaths in Guyana in November 1978.

Moore holds a doctorate in religious studies from Marquette University, where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary.

Future events in the Griot Institute for Africana Studies series include the Stanley Nelson documentary, "Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple," on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg; a talk by Emmy-winning film-maker Stanley Nelson on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center; and the discussion, "Narrating Jonestown: Transforming History Into Art," with playwright Leigh Fondakowski on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Forum.

Contact: Division of Communications

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