President's Lecture Series


Jean-Michel Cousteau: Marine Explorer, Environmental Activist, Educator and Filmmaker

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Webb University Center - North Cafeteria

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President's Lecture Series


For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Since first being "thrown overboard" by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Cousteau has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Cousteau has investigated the world's oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Cousteau founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. He has produced over 80 films, received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the Sept d'Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 1989, he became a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times where his articles appeared in over sixty newspapers worldwide.

Cousteau was honored with the Environmental Hero Award, presented by then-Vice President Al Gore at the White House National Oceans Conference in 1998. The recipient of honors from maritime organizations around the world, Cousteau received in 2008 a lifetime achievement award from Jules Verne Adventures and the national Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.


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