Granddaughter of Jacques Costeau to speak in Charleston

AlexandraCousteau_11-13-14Alexandra Cousteau, award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic explorer and granddaughter of the late Jacques Cousteau, will speak at the West Virginia Culture Center Theater in Charleston at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested via a link on the homepage ( of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research, which is hosting the event.

Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather and will bring the audience of this event on a story-telling journey from her earliest memories with her grandfather teaching her to scuba dive to her many adventures today.

Cousteau’s presentation is titled, “How to be a Lifelong Explorer: Leadership through the Lens of Exploration & Invention.”

The event is part one of the new Chancellor’s Speaker Series which is taking place with support from a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal is to promote the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in West Virginia.

Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, said, “Through this speaker series and inspirational individuals, we hope to highlight science and innovation as the bedrocks of a thriving economy – and as an exciting, promising path toward a bright future for our young people.”

“She will also provide a unique perspective on how important it is to be not only a curious observer of the world but also an active participant in its preservation,” said Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and Research.