More Local Leaders to Visit Simpson University Classes

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s Department of History and Political Science will host several Redding leaders as guest speakers in undergraduate classes during the next few weeks. Other Simpson students and employees are invited to attend these discussions.

  • Record Searchlight Editor Silas Lyons will talk to two sessions of American government, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in LaBaume-Rudat (LR) room 201; and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in LR 204.
  • Shasta County’s acting district attorney, Stephanie Bridget, will speak to a criminal law class on Friday, Feb. 17, between 2 and 3 p.m., in the Owen Center, room 209.
  • Former Congressional candidate Gregory Cheadle of Happy Valley will talk to two American government classes on Tuesday, Feb. 21; at 9:40 a.m. in LR 201 and 1 p.m. in LR 204.
  • Bruce Ross, district director for Assemblyman Brian Dahle, will talk to American government classes on Tuesday, March 28, at 9:40 a.m. (LR 201) and 1 p.m. (LR 204).
  • Redding Mayor Brent Weaver has been rescheduled to address an American government class at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in LR 204.

Redding Police Chief Bob Paoletti spoke to a criminal law class on Jan. 30.

The Department of History and Political Science regularly brings speakers to campus to give students the opportunity to interact with community leaders, said Dr. Cherry McCabe, chair of the department.

“Exposure to a variety of perspectives, experiences and areas of expertise is an important part of a well-rounded liberal arts education and helps our students make connections between what they're studying and the world outside of the classroom,” she said.

During the fall semester, Redding Code Enforcement Supervisor Steve Willkomm and Deputy City Attorney Jacob Baldwin addressed students as part of Constitution Day activities.

The department also partnered with the Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association to host an October talk by San Francisco Bay Area attorney Toussaint Bailey on addressing homelessness.

Launched in fall 2016, Simpson University’s political science major is one of the university’s newest four-year bachelor’s degree programs. Students have the option of pursuing an emphasis in criminal justice, international studies, or social justice. The major is ideal for pre-law candidates. Learn more at



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, 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, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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