Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors is a series of month-long courses offered to adults of any age. Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Owen Student Services Center on the Simpson University campus. The cost per course is $95 per person or $145 per married couple.

Participants can take classes in eight areas of study: history, science, literature, music and art, Bible, theology, and personal development. Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Registration for spring courses starts October 1, 2017.


If you do not wish to register online, please download the 2017-2018 Registration Form (PDF). Please send the completed form and a check for the total amount to:

Simpson University for Seniors
2211 College View Dr., Redding CA, 96003

  • Fall 2017 Courses

    September 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29


    10:20-11:20: Surprised by Luther: His Life and Legacy on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: A survey of his formative years, his deep spiritual trials in the Augustinian monastery, and forgotten content of the so-called Ninety-Five Theses. Focus will be given to some of his themes bearing contemporary relevance: suffering and power, law and gospel, interpretations of baptism and communion. We will view and discuss the film Luther, concluding with a sobering exposé of his troubling Anti-Semitism and its place in the larger story of Euro-American racism. Presenter: Craig Slane

    11:30-12:30: Fire and Ice: An overview of the geography and physical geology of Northern California. Presenter: Don Claspill


    October 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25


    10:20-11:20: Coming to America: The History and Meaning of Immigration: Since the Statue of Liberty first lifted her welcoming torch, America has had a complicated history with immigrants. How does immigration continue to shape the character of our country? This class will be an open and honest exploration of the historical, cultural, legal, and Biblical perspectives on human migration in America. Presenter: Jamie Williams


    11:30-12:30: The Customs and Culture of the Ancient Israelites: When we open our Bibles, we are confronted with a world different from the one in which we live. Their customs and daily activities often puzzle or surprise us. This course helps in the understanding of that culture. Presenter: Glenn Schaefer


    November 1, 3, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20, 27, 29


    10:20-11:20: “Keeping the Faith” in Babylon: How does one develop a vibrant faith and interact in meaningful ways in a pluralistic culture? How can one interact wisely with a culture that is often at odds with Christianity? Presenter: Phil Vaughn


    11:30-12:30: Six Flags: The fascinating story of the development of the 31st state from the stone age to the atomic age, from hunting and gathering to aero-space. Discover the unprecedented account of the rise of the Golden State from the first sighting by Juan Cabrillo in 1542 to V-J Day in 1945. Presenter: Don Claspill.

  • Spring 2018 Courses

    January 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31


    10:20-11:20: The Civil War in Ten Days: This course is a survey of the American Civil War. From Ft. Sumter to Appomattox, this course will examine the causes, leadership, military engagements, strategies, politics, and ultimate legacy of this critical event in our nation’s history. Presenter: John Ayabe


    11:30-12:30 The Power of the Mature Mind: A practical course of using and expanding your creative mind Presenter: Horst Christian


    February 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 26


    10:20-11:20: Chemistry of Everyday Things: How would you identify the sugar solution in a choice of two clear solutions knowing that the other solution was made with the toxic salt aluminum nitrate? You best not taste them! This course explores the chemical interactions behind things with which you are familiar. There will be hands on activities performed in a safe manner. Presenter: Larry Siemens


    11:30-12:30: World War II: The European Theater: A brief examination of the political, social and economic factors that brought about the rise of “Il Duce’s” Fascism and “Der Fuhrer’s” National Socialism. Focus will be placed on the rise and fall of the “Thousand-Year Reich” and the resultant destruction of European culture and economy, and on the horrific devastation of European Jewry in the Holocaust. Presenter: Don Claspill


    March 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23


    10:20-11:20: War Crimes and International Tribunals: “All’s fair in love and war” - or is it? Some activities, such as genocide, are illegal even during wartime. Using case studies, we will examine the tribunals that have prosecuted international war crimes over the years, from the Nuremberg Trials following WWII to the modern International Criminal Court in The Hague. Presenter: Jamie Williams


    11:30-12:30: Jeremiah, The Man and His Message: The prophet stood at the historic “crossroads” of the Old Testament to serve as God’s spokesman. We will seek to show him in his context—and to see how his “times” have striking parallels to our own. Presenter: Glenn Schaefer


    April 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25


    10:20-11:20: Jesus in Jerusalem: The Passion of the Messiah: This course will focus on the final weeks of Jesus’ life and ministry in Jerusalem and address the question “Why was Jesus put to death?” Presenter: Jack Painter


    11:30-12:30: Human Geography: A focus on the interplay between humans, geographic spaces, and culture. It is “the why of where”, and looks at mapping, human flows, and pop culture diffusion among other things. Being interdisciplinary in nature, it relies on the disciplines of Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Geography, Language, and Sociology. This is in contrast to World Regional Geography which largely focuses on the physical geographical world. Presenter: Craig Cook

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