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Area 51: Is the Truth in There?


Williamsburg, Ky. — On Tuesday, April 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society sponsored their final lecture for the spring semester with Dr. Bruce Hicks, History & Political Science Professor, discussing Area 51: Is the Truth in There? The lecture was held in the Bennett Building located on the UC campus.

Dr. Hicks began the lecture briefly explaining what Area 51 was and the history of the secret United States Military base located in southern Nevada. Area 51 was chosen to be in the decided place that it is today in 1955, but was not recognized by the government until the 1990s. Since then, the base has been developing advanced aircrafts for National Security purposes, explaining the secrecy of the base. Dr. Hicks explained the importance of adversaries not knowing that there is an Area 51, to ensure they do not create and develop counter protection as a result of the aircrafts of the military base.

The lecture brought on a larger crowd than usual, which Dr. Hicks suspected was due to the light mention of extraterrestrial life. “Whatever the reason was, it was good to see a large crowd gathered,” Dr. Hicks said.

Area 51 has been a constant topic of interest because of the beliefs that it contains evidence needed to prove that there is other life besides that on Earth, and that it is being kept secret.

Founded in 1974, the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, holds the distinction of being both the oldest and the most frequently honored society at University of the Cumberlands. Phi Alpha Theta has for thirty-four years recognized Upsilon-Upsilon as the best chapter in its division. As one of the most active organizations on campus, Upsilon-Upsilon sponsors a popular lecture series, fundraisers, social events, and publishes the scholarly journal, The Upsilonian.

For more information contact the History and Political Science Department at 606-539-4270.

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.