Laura Johnston Kohl joined the People’s Temple, a religious organization led by Jim Jones, in 1970 as a way to effect change, to band together with others fighting for civil rights and free speech and protesting the Vietnam War.
Eight years later, a fluke saved her from the mass murders and suicides, when 913 of her friends died in Jonestown, Guyana. Kohl was one of just 87 people who survived the tragedy.
This month, Kohl will speak at York College to discuss her memoir, “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look.”
Her talk, “Utopia Lost: Perspective from a Jonestown Survivor,” will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Weinstock Lecture Hall inside the Willman Business Center. The event is free and open to the public.
For details, visit www.ycp.edu.