Simpson University Hosts Film and Panel Discussion for Constitution Day

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

The event, which was open to the public, was held Monday evening, Sept. 17, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.

Attendees first watched “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 and journalistic issues raised by the film followed, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists included Record Searchlight Editor Silas Lyons; constitutional law attorney Patrick Hensleigh of Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost; and Jacelyn Wedman, editor of The Slate, Simpson University’s student newspaper.

Panelists answered questions from the audience of 30 to 40 related to journalistic ethics and how to be savvy news consumers, among other topics.

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.

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Images courtesy Criterion Pictures


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