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Alexandra Cousteau to speak at Indiana State

November 6, 2015

Alexandra Cousteau will speak at Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 as part of the 2015-16 University Speakers Series.

Cousteau, a National Geographic "emerging explorer," filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, continues the work of her renowned grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr.

She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Cousteau is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. She seeks to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

Born into the family business, Cousteau joined her parents in Easter Island on her first expedition at just 4 months old. By the age of 3, she had toured Africa, exploring Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, and Kenya in the arms of her father. And like her father, she is one of the few who learned to scuba dive with Captain Cousteau himself at the tender age of 7. It is against this backdrop that Cousteau weaves the romance of adventure and discovery into a modern call for action. Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, she is rapidly building a significant global audience of her own. By coupling traditional media tours and film with social media platforms, Cousteau has helped non-government organizations s as well as government and corporate led water programs engage record audiences for action.

Before hitting the road in 2010 for Expedition Blue Planet: North America, Cousteau served as the water advisor and spokesperson for the global Live Earth 2010 Run for Water-a project that teamed her public advocacy on environmental issues with actress Jessica Biel, musician Pete Wentz, and many more. In early 2009, Cousteau joined the Discovery Channel line-up, co-hosting Blue August with her brother Philippe Jr., and served as a chief correspondent on water issues for Discovery's Planet Green.

Cousteau has been honored as an "Earth Trustee" by the United Nations, named a "principle voice" by CNN International, and regularly delivers testimony on critical policy issues before governmental agencies. She serves as a senior advisor for Oceana, on its prestigious Young Global Leaders Council and Global Agenda Council on Oceans for the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards of directors of The Global Water Challenge, Potomac Riverkeeper, Mother Nature Network, and EarthEcho.

Like all University Speakers Series events, Cousteau's presentation is free and open to the public.

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Media contact: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu