Monday, March 28, 2011



Environmentalist/film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau and environmentalist/ educator Céline Cousteau—the son and granddaughter of legendary oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau—will give a multimedia presentation titled The Great Ocean Adventure. The Cousteaus are appearing as Goucher's Spring 2011 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professors.

WHEN: 8 PM on Monday, April 11
Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.
TICKETS:$10 for general admission. Goucher students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i may reserve two free tickets. Tickets must be reserved in advance by going to

Jean-Michel Cousteau began investigating the world's oceans at an early age aboard the Calypso and Alcyone. As an adult, he collaborated with Jacques for 17 years to reorganize the Cousteau Society. Jean-Michel produced educational films, gave lectures, and became involved in his father's eponymous Cousteau documentaries—first as an onscreen participant and then as a producer by the early 1990s.

After Jacques died in 1997, Jean-Michel founded the nonprofit Jean-Michel Cousteau Institute, designed to work with other environmental organizations to solve problems adversely impacting the world's oceans, rivers, lakes, and inland waterways.In 1999, he founded Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit marine conservation and education organization that serves as a "Voice for the Ocean" by communicating the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy.

Jean-Michel has produced more than 80 films and has received an Emmy, the Peabody Award, and the Cable Ace Award.

Céline is featured in the PBS television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and has worked on the preparation of expeditions, field production and as an on-camera presenter. As the international program coordinator for her father's Ocean Futures Society, she travels the world as an educational ambassador to support protection of the natural world. Céline has worked on a documentary for Discovery Channel, aiding scientists conduct research on the many shark species of the Great Barrier Reef.

Beyond her educational work, Céline has worked for a range of organizations, including the United Nations-mandated University for Peace and the Earth Council's Earth Charter Project. She is also working on a solo video project to create short segments that highlight the work of small, on-the-ground nonprofits around the world.

The Jane and Robert Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship is a biannual event was created to bring distinguished scholars, teachers, and practitioners to Goucher's campus to advance local and national dialogues on pressing issues of our time. Previous speakers have included primatologist Jane Goodall; Thomas L. Friedman, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and world-renowned author; and preservation advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.