Simpson University Hosts Constitution Day Lecture; Sen. Johannessen to Speak

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s History Department will host a free Constitution Day lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 19, featuring former State Sen. Maurice Johannessen.

The 6 p.m. lecture in celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution will be in room 204 of the LaBaume-Rudat Hall on the Simpson campus at 2211 College View Drive. The event is open to the public.

Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required by law to recognize the Constitution annually in some fashion during the week of Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the document in 1787.

"The Constitution is so much more than just words on paper preserved under glass at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. This is our nation's most basic law, the words we live by and the framework for the ongoing conversations about freedom in our daily lives," said Cherry McCabe, assistant professor of political science at Simpson.

Johannessen served as a California state senator (1993-2002), secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Shasta County supervisor, and Redding City Council member. He and his wife, Marianne, run the California Veterans Assistance Group.

For more information about the event, contact professor McCabe at or 226-4154, or Ann Miller, chair of the History Department at or 226-4152.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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