Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/1/14
Stdents stand around a table outside of Prosser Auditorium to receive tickets to see Bill Cosby.

ABOVE: Students line up in the HUB to receive tickets to see Bill Cosby, who will discuss issues of leadership when he visits campus for an exclusive lecture for College community April 2. (Photo by Michael Wilson)


Comedy Legend Bill Cosby to Speak at Moravian College April 2

Cosby to Discuss Leadership with Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

A headshot of Billy Cosby standing in a field.

ABOVE: Bill Cosby, one of America’s most beloved comedians, will speak on campus on Wednesday, April 2.

Bill Cosby, celebrated comedian, television star, and author, will speak to a capacity crowd at Moravian College on Wednesday, April 2, at 8 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 AlbertThe 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 Showdominated the number one spot for many years, earning critical praise. Bill Cosby says that his intent of The Cosby Showwas 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.

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