April 02, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A group of Bucknell University students will give the presentation, "A Response from Students in the Jonestown Class," Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies series "Jonestown Reconsidered, 35 Years Later."

Sixteen students in ENGL 290, taught by Bucknell Professor of English Carmen Gillespie, will communicate the ways in which characters and events of the Jonestown story evoke authentic responses and reflections, according to Bob Gainer, professor emeritus of theatre, who directed the student project within Gillespie's class as guest instructor.

"The students have studied scholarly texts, a unique digital website devoted to the Jonestown tragedy, and the cultural and political contexts around this historic event," said Gainer. "And they have attended Griot Institute-sponsored lectures by Peoples Temple survivors and relatives.

"The students' shared presentations — varying in form and content and factually based or imaginatively expressed — are personal and have been individually created," he said.

Presentations will include a wide usage of multimedia digital resources, such as video, audio clips, and photography, as well as music, original poems and other creative non-fiction writing. 

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