Documentarian and activist Alexandra Cousteau speaks at Drury on April 16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 22, 2018 — Drury University will welcome globally recognized explorer and activist Alexandra Cousteau to speak on campus at 6 p.m., Monday, April 16 in Clara Thompson Hall. Her visit is part of the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship’s speaker series, “Politics, Activism, and Voice: A Toolbox for Democracy.”

Cousteau, a lifelong adventurer, is the granddaughter of legendary pioneer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. She continues her family’s legacy today through advocacy for the conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Town and Country, Scientific American, and The Wall Street Journal

More than a traveler, she is also a pioneer in the use of filmmaking and social media for environmental advocacy. Cousteau’s adventures documenting water issues have taken her around the world and gained her international credibility and recognition. She has been honored as an “Earth trustee” by the United Nations, named a “principal voice” by CNN International, and regularly delivers testimony on critical policy issues before governmental agencies.

“Alexandra Cousteau is a young, creative, and passionate voice advocating for the responsible use of our water resources,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, director of the Meador Center. “She’s an excellent choice to wind up the Center’s year of conversations on how to become engaged and thoughtful citizens of the world.”

Her presentation at Drury is titled “How to be a Lifelong Explorer: Leadership Through the Lens of Exploration and Invention” and will examine how individuals can help protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. The event is open to the public. 


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