Human rights journalist to speak at Simpson University

For Immediate Release


Rebecca TinsleyREDDING, Calif. - Rebecca Tinsley, journalist, author and human rights activist, will speak at Simpson University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, on “Genocide in Sudan: Rwanda in Slow Motion.”

The public is invited to attend this free lecture, held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.

“Genocide is something that demands our attention in the 21st century,” said Dr. Ann Miller, chair of the History Department at Simpson University. “We need to be cognizant of the fact that hate and discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, social class, or gender are completely unacceptable.”

Tinsley, who will speak in Redding after engagements at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Davis, founded the human rights group Waging Peace after visiting Darfur at the height of the killing there in 2004. Waging Peace helps Sudanese refugees fight deportation to Sudan and collects evidence of human rights abuses for the European Union and International Criminal Court.

She also founded the charity Network for Africa, which now has 10 projects in Rwanda and Northern Uganda helping genocide survivors rebuild their lives.

Tinsley has a law degree from the London School of Economics. A former BBC political reporter, she ran for election to the UK parliament twice in the 1980s. A freelance journalist, she has three published novels. Her latest, “When the Stars Fall to Earth,” is about Sudan.

President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter asked Tinsley and her husband, Henry, to start the Carter Centre UK. Tinsley splits her time between Santa Barbara, London and Africa.

The lecture is sponsored by Genocide No More—Save Darfur, in cooperation with Simpson University. For more information, contact Marv Steinberg at (530) 229-3661 or email

Simpson University is located at 2211 College View Drive in Redding, California.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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