February 26, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jordan Vilchez will discuss the lives of young people in the Peoples Temple on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Formal Living Room of Hunt Hall at Bucknell University. The talk is free and open to the public.

Vilchez became a member of the Peoples Temple at age 12, moving to Redwood Valley with her older sister, and to Guyana eight years later.

She missed being among those who died by leaving Jonestown the day before to attend a meeting in the capitol of Georgetown, though she lost family members in the tragedy.

She has contributed her writing to yearly editions of the Jonestown report. Vilchez lives in California and has an integrative mentoring practice, Cosmology of You, in Berkeley.

Vilchez' visit is part of the university's celebration of Black History Month, "A Celebration in Blue," and the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' series, "Jonestown Reconsidered, 35 Years Later."

The series continues with the talk, "Remembering the People of the Peoples Temple," by Jonestown resident and eye witness Tim Carter, who lost his wife, son, sister and brother-in-law in the massacre. Carter will speak March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The author of several articles on the topic, he has contributed to and appeared in many film documentaries, including a documentary scheduled to air on the History Channel in March.

In April, the series continues with talks by journalist Julia Scheeres on April 3 and Stephan Jones, son of Jonestown founder Jim Jones, on April 17.

Contact: Division of Communications

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