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Simpson University to Host Retired CIA Veteran for Constitution Week

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Retired CIA veteran analyst Ray McGovern will be speaking on "The Constitution and the Constant Surveillance State: Are They Compatible?” at the campus of Simpson University on Monday, September 15. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.

REDDING, Calif. – The public is invited to a free lecture by retired CIA veteran analyst Ray McGovern on Simpson University's campus in recognition of Constitution Day. The event will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, at 2211 College View Drive in Redding. McGovern will speak on “The Constitution and the Constant Surveillance State: Are They Compatible?”

In addition to speaking at Simpson, he will give lectures this month at Shasta College, Chico State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

In his role with the CIA, McGovern briefed presidents from the 1960s through the ‘80s. He works with Tell the Word in inner-city Washington, D.C., and teaches at the Servant Leadership School, where he used to be a director.

“Constitution Week is an ideal time to reflect on and reexamine our country's founding documents,” said Cherry McCabe, assistant professor of political science at Simpson. “As a former advisor and sometimes outspoken critic of U.S. policy, Mr. McGovern's perspective is a welcome addition to ongoing discussions of the challenges of democracy in the 21st century.”

The event is co-sponsored by Simpson University's History Department and Division of Theology and Ministry in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to recognize the Constitution during the week of Sept. 17 each year.

For more information about the event, contact Bill Griffin at or McCabe at

A map and directions to the Simpson University campus can be found at

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is celebrating its 25th year in Redding, Calif. In fall 2014, the university will dedicate a new Science & Nursing Building. Simpson is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults. Simpson is expanding its 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

Contact: SU Public Relations

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Name: Bill Griffin
Phone: 530-224-5600
Organization: Simpson University

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