Martin County Library System Press Releases

August 26, 2013

Universal Class™ and Prof. Farley take on America’s heroes and villains

For immediate release:  August 26, 2013                       
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
Indian River State College Professor Robert Farley presents Heroes & Villains, a four-week history series detailing America’s famous and infamous personalities. The series takes place at 2:30 pm Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart. Each event features a Universal Class™ demonstration by library staff prior to the presentation.

Event Information:
• Sept. 9 – American Revolution: George Washington vs. Benedict Arnold. George Washington’s favorite combat general became a tragic hero and traitor, in part due to the love of a woman loyal to Britain.
• Sept. 16 – Trail of Tears: Cherokee Nation vs. Andrew Jackson. President Andrew Jackson forced the Cherokees off their land in Georgia despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing them to stay.
• Sept. 23 – Slavery: Frederick Douglass vs. John C. Calhoun. In the decades before the Civil War, a freed slave articulated the abolitionist arguments vs. a “fire-eater” orator from South Carolina.
• Sept. 30 – Civil Rights: Morris Dees vs. George Wallace. A Jewish lawyer started the Southern Poverty Law Center to battle segregation and an Alabama governor.

These history presentations correlate with the American Heroes & Villains course offered through the online learning tool Universal Class™. Martin County Library System cardholders have access to over 500 online continuing education courses (noncredit) through Universal Class™, with topics ranging from photography and alternative medicine to history and homeschooling. Each course is available 24/7 and offers a certificate of completion when finished. Register at

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, visit or call 772-221-1403.




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