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Alexandra Cousteau in Charleston Nov. 13 as Part of New Speaker Series Impact
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Alexandra Cousteau in Charleston Nov. 13 as Part of New Speaker Series

Nov 11, 2014

Alexandra Cousteau, award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer and granddaughter of the late Jacques Cousteau, will give a presentation in Charleston on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Cousteau’s presentation, “How to be a Lifelong Explorer: Leadership through the Lens of Exploration & Invention,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the West Virginia Culture Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend should RSVP via a link at

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.

“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.

The event is part one of the new Chancellor’s Speaker Series that 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.

"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,” said Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission.

Alexandra CousteauChancellor Paul HillDivision of Science and ResearchWest Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission