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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

Sept. 20, 2019



Smart Towns Co-Founder Brings World War II to Life at RHPL


(ROCHESTER HILLS- Sept. 20, 2019) Professor Frank Cardimen of Oakland University, and co-founder of Smart Towns, will delve into the fascinating events surrounding the United States and Allied forces as they invaded Sicily, which became the first step in restoring peace in Europe and ending the Second World War.

“Events like this allow me to combine my passions for education and for giving back to my local community in a meaningful way,” said Professor Cardimen, who will also speak the Van Hoosen Farm in November through Smart Towns.

Frank Cardimen is a professor at Oakland University, and a co-founder of Smart Towns, a program that works with local institutions to provide educational lecture series to the community. Cardimen uses his professional education, and his own family history to follow the movements of the 45th Infantry Division on their journey from Africa into Europe.

“It is always an honor to host a speaker from our local community, especially one with such a passion for education,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley, “Professor Cardimen’s talk will give patrons an in-depth look at one of history’s greatest events.” 

America’s Invasion at the “Underbelly” of Europe is Oct. 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all are welcome. Please register in advance at



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