Simpson University to Host Film and Panel Discussion for Constitution Day

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department will host a free screening of the 2017 film “The Post,” followed by a panel discussion, in honor of Constitution Day.

The event, which is open to the public, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, on the campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding.

From 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., the university will show “The Post,” a movie directed and produced by Steven Spielberg that stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post.

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A Q&A discussion on constitutional issues raised by the film will follow, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists include Record Searchlight Editor Silas Lyons; constitutional law attorney Patrick Hensleigh of Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost; and an editor of The Slate, Simpson University’s student newspaper.

Each year, Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department sponsors an event in honor of Constitution Day. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to recognize the Constitution during the week of Sept. 17.

“As an institution of higher education that receives federal financial aid under Title IV, Simpson University offers educational experiences about the U.S. Constitution annually on September 17th, which is the anniversary of its signing following the summer-long convention held in 1787,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the History and Political Science Department.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit