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Harkin Institute presents the fall Sussman Lecture: A Conversation with Céline Cousteau

September 23, 2014


On Oct. 1, Céline Cousteau, a French explorer, education ambassador, and documentary filmmaker, will deliver a lecture on water issues—From the Amazon to the Oceans to Iowa—as part of the Sussman Lecture Series presented by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. The lecture will be held in Sussman Theater, located on the lower level of Olmsted Center on Drake University’s campus, 2875 University Ave. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Cousteau describes herself as an “oceanaut.” Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, she will share inspiring stories and vivid photographs of the Amazon River and her voyages into the deep sea.

Whether she’s free-diving, horse riding, leading an expedition to the peaks of the Andes, or swimming amid a school of sharks in the South Pacific, Cousteau seeks to educate through adventure and exploration. Cousteau is constantly in motion, traveling the globe as an educational ambassador, seeking to make connections between the human species and the environment.

“Many Iowans are concerned about our environment: from the quality of the rivers in our own state to the preservation of the oceans of our world,” says Marsha Ternus, director of the Harkin Institute. “Céline Cousteau has spent her entire life around the oceans and rivers of the world and has seen how they have changed. She will help us appreciate what’s happening and why that matters, even to a landlocked state.”

This event is part of the Sussman Lecture Series established by Richard Sussman, AS’51, and his late wife Lila, and brought to you by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. Harkin Institute events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and seating is limited to provide an intimate experience for attendees.

Register for this event or call 515-271-3591. Ticketing is for general seating.

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