University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Ulysses S. Grant is Great Americans Day 2018 Topic

The 22nd annual Great Americans Day event will feature 18th President of the United States and Commanding General of the Army during the Civil War Ulysses S. Grant, in a first-person portrayal by E.C. Curt Fields, PhD.

The Great Americans Day tribute will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Living-Learning Center, Pitt-Johnstown Campus.                    

Pitt-Johnstown's annual Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum has celebrated the lives of a wide range of citizens, from Presidents and First Ladies to authors and professional athletes, since 1988. Pieces of their lives provide models of civic virtue — the sacrifice of self-interest for the public good — that the founders intended to be the glue of our Republic.

Dr. Fields is an assistant professor of education at Belhaven University in Memphis, TN. He has extensively studied Grant and now portrays him as a living history demonstrator. Dr. Fields is an educational consultant, former school administrator, police officer, and Army Reserves officer for 20 years.

This series intends to promote the American ideal of civic virtue central to citizenship and to remind us that the continued success of our society depends upon both individual and collective contributions. Prior programs focused on the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Will Rogers among many.

The program is presented by Pitt-Johnstown’s History Department, the Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Sodexo USA.

The event is sponsored by the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Forum Fund.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, founded in 1927, is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.