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Comedy Legend Bill Cosby to Speak at Moravian College

Cosby to discuss leadership with students, parents, faculty and staff

Bill CosbyBethlehem, Pa., March 28, 2014—Bill Cosby, celebrated comedian, television star, and author, will speak to a capacity crowd at Moravian College on Wednesday, April 2, at 8:00 p.m., in Johnston Hall. Moravian’s United Student Government (USG) has invited Cosby as part of their Prestigious Speaker Series. He will discuss issues of leadership when he visits Moravian for this exclusive lecture for College community (all tickets were distributed to Moravian College students and their parents, faculty, and staff).

“The Moravian College Community and USG is elated to have ‘America's Dad’ come to our beautiful campus,” said Thao K. Duong ’15, chair of the USG Events Council. “Mr. Bill Cosby was chosen as our 2014 Prestigious Speaker for his tremendous success throughout his professional career, his lead in humanitarian efforts and his general reputation across the nation as one of the most inspiring role models of the 21st century.”

Cosby is one of America’s most beloved comedians, who has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers. Cosby researches his talks and speaks from his heart when he talks about topics on leadership, and how he felt when he was the first African American to co-star on a television series. He is coming to Moravian to speak upon the topic of leadership, and explain his accomplishments with his own television series.

In honor of the death of his son in 1997, Cosby and his family started the Hello Friends/Ennis William Cosby Foundation to provide funds for education of disadvantaged youths. He also has participated in many other charities including: Keep a child alive, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Cosby had many award-winning and popular television shows including, Fat Albert, The Cosby Kids, Little Bill and The Cosby Show. His very first television series that he co-stared in was I Spy, which broke television’s racial barrier. His children’s television show, Little Bill, won 3 Emmy awards, and became a hit show on Nickelodeon. The Cosby Show dominated the number one spot for many years, earning critical praise. Bill Cosby says that his intent of The Cosby Show was to portray an American family, and it was about a close-knit upper class black family. Time Magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race. Life Magazine described The Cosby Show as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinaries of its pleasures and tribulation has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”

Cosby also has many award winning books. His most current best seller is, I Didn’t Ask To Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. In this book, Cosby talks about the Bible, being a grandfather, and about his first love, which is still the love of his life today. Cosby has also received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.

Johnston Hall is located on Moravian College’s Main Campus, Bethlehem Pa. near the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and seating is general admission. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact Katie Dantsin at (610) 861-1498 at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates who are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.