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National Geographic Explorer Alexandra Cousteau to Speak at Clarkson Reunion

Granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will be the inaugural Clarkson Reunion Keynote Speaker on Saturday, July 14, at 1 p.m. in the Clarkson University Student Center Forum. The event is free and open to the public.

Alexandra Cousteau (© Bil Zelman)Alexandra Cousteau’s lecture and interactions with alumni and the community will be focused on helping people connect the abundant water resources in Upstate New York with an overall understanding of our water planet. Clarkson staff will also provide guided tours of Clarkson’s new Raquette riverfront trails and recreation area, as part of the event.

“We are so pleased Alexandra Cousteau accepted our invitation to be our first speaker in the series,” said Alumni Association President Stephan Yelenik ‘77. “Ms. Cousteau is a natural fit with Clarkson and to those who care about the North Country region’s future. Her commitment to the environment and interest in environmental advocacy, exploration and storytelling parallels Clarkson’s commitment to innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding the world’s environmental and water resources.”

The Clarkson Reunion Keynote Speaker Series was created to give Clarkson alumni, faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community a fresh perspective from recognized experts on relevant issues that impact global society. 

As the third generation of Cousteaus to explore with the National Geographic Society, Alexandra Cousteau has taken her grandfather’s rich legacy and moved it forward with Blue Legacy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that she founded in 2008 to leverage new and emerging technologies to connect mainstream audiences with their local watersheds and their water planet.

In 2008, Alexandra Cousteau was named one of only 11 National Geographic Emerging Explorers and was honored as an "Earth Trustee" by the United Nations. She joined the Discovery Channel television lineup in 2009 as she co-hosted "Blue August" with her brother, Phillippe Jr., and served as chief correspondent on water issues for Discovery's "Planet Green." 

Alexandra Cousteau's work has earned global recognition and her 2009 Expedition: Blue Planet project was named a finalist in two categories at the prestigious Jackson Hole Environmental Film Festival. She is also regularly featured in publications ranging from Cosmopolitan and Elle to National Geographic and Scientific American.

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Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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