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First American President to be Presentation Topic at Great Americans Day Event

First American President to be Presentation Topic at Great Americans Day Event

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     First American President George Washington will be the focus of the 11th annual University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum and Luncheon being held Wednesday, April 2, at the UPJ Living/Learning Center’s Heritage Hall.

     The lecture is being presented by Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Professor of Physical Anthropology and History of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also is a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In March 2007, Dr. Schwartz was elected President of the World Academy.  He also led a project to forensically reconstruct George Washington at three different ages throughout his life.  These life-size images of George Washington are on display at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

     In his lecture, Dr. Schwartz will take a critical look, scientifically and historically at George Washington at the ages of 19, 45, and 57 and show how Washington achieved successful careers in surveying, farming, politics, and the military during this active time in American history.  Based on in-depth forensic study and reconstruction, Dr. Schwartz also will discuss a variety of historical details on our founding father, while capturing a glimpse at his physical characteristics and attributes that have been misconstrued over the years.

     The Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum is presented by the college’s Office of Outreach and Professional Services, History Department, Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Sodexho Campus Services.  Funding for the event is provided by the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum fund.  Additional funding is provided by the UPJ History Club.

     The luncheon is free and open to the general public.  Seating is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each registrant will receive a registration confirmation with complete check-in and seating information.

     Last year’s Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum focused on “James Addams Beaver: Soldier, Statesman, Scholar.”

     For registration information, call 814-269-2099.  The deadline for the luncheon registration is Friday, March 21.  Additional information is available on-line by clicking on the Great Americans Day link at www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach.

     The Office of Outreach and Professional Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown delivers quality educational programs and services to our region.  Through a strong commitment to developing community partnerships to meet educational needs, the office offers enrichment programs for adults as well as a variety of educational opportunities for children.  Operating within the Outreach Office is the John P. and Joyce Murtha Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, which offers graduate-level study and professional development programs.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 3/5/2008 2:20:00 PM