By Brianne Kimmel
Renowned TV host and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby shared her latest book Quiet Hero with Kent State University and Kent Roosevelt High School Feb. 7.
In Quiet Hero, Cosby uncovers her father’s heroic story as a WWII resistance fighter and prisoner of war survivor. She shared her father’s escape through the sewers of Warsaw, Poland and their recent trip back to Warsaw. Cosby empowered students to “learn their own stories because some of the best stories are told at home.” Through Cosby’s personal experiences and newly-found relationship with her father, she shared her deep appreciation for family and challenged students to do the same.
The day of events, sponsored by CCI Kent State, Kent State Friends of Poland, Kent State’s Office of International Affairs and The Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, included a program at Kent Roosevelt High School, a Kent State student media roundtable discussion, followed by a public address to more than 75 in Franklin Hall’s FirstEnergy Auditorium. Cosby ended the night with a book signing, a meet-and-greet with students and a dinner with JMC faculty and Provost Robert Frank.
Proceeds from the evening’s sales of Quiet Herobenefitted Kent State’s Friends of Poland and The Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Program. Students of Polish decent are invited to visit the country to learn culture and language, while volunteering at an art camp for Polish students. Kent State students interested in participating in a summer exchange program with Poland are invited to apply for scholarships to assist with travel expenses.
Cosby’s book tour will make additional stops in San Diego; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. She will also be speaking this year at the Warsaw Rising Museum. Cosby, a former Fox News and MSNBC anchor, is a three-time Emmy winner, the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award.
Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.