March 04, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tim Carter, an eye witness to the Jonestown tragedy, will give the talk, "Remembering the People of the Peoples Temple," Wednesday, March 20, 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 for Africana Studies Series, "Jonestown Reconsidered, 35 years later."

Carter was a resident of Jonestown but managed to vacate with his brother and close friend in November 1978. One of four eye witnesses to the tragedy, he lost his wife and 15-month-old son, along with his sister, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law.

He is the author of several articles on the topic, including "Murder or Suicide: What I Saw."

He also has contributed to many film documentaries about Jonestown such as "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple," the PBS "American Experience" special which was a top five finalist for an Academy Award.

He has appeared in more than a dozen TV documentaries on Jonestown including a documentary scheduled to appear on the History Channel this month. Carter is a veteran of the Vietnam War who resides in the Pacific Northwest.

In April, the series continues with two talks: "Narrating Jonestown and the Peoples Temple" with journalist Julia Scheeres on April 3 and "Jonestown: Yesterday and Today," with Stephan Jones, son of Jonestown founder Jim Jones, on April 17.

Contact: Division of Communications

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