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UC History Alum Speaks at Convocation and Phi Alpha Theta Lecture


Williamsburg, Ky. - Dr. Nathan Coleman, an assistant professor of history at Kentucky Christian University, addressed students, staff, and faculty of University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Monday, September 19, 2011 in two different events.

Coleman’s address at convocation was presented in honor of Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Coleman also served as the annual Phi Alpha Theta lecture speaker in the Bennett auditorium later in the evening. His topic, “A New Understanding of the 10th Amendment” presented the historical background of the 10th amendment and provided the ground plan for a more modern interpretation of this segment of the Constitution. Following the lecture, Coleman, students and faculty remained to debate the subject further, proving the lecture to be both informative and insightful.

Tyler Collins, a senior English major and Communication minor, felt like the lecture improved his overall knowledge, and encouraged a more in-depth study of the Constitution. “It's amazing how much life and relevance a document hundreds of years old still contains today,” Collins said.

Coleman graduated from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) in 2001 with a degree in history. While at UC, he served as president of the Student Government Association and president of Phi Alpha Theta.

Coleman continued his studies at the University of Louisville obtaining his M.A. in 2003 and continued on to the University of Kentucky earning his doctorate in 2008.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.