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The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series

2019 Lemon Lecturer

The OCU Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series presents Ocean Conservationist Fabien Cousteau at 7 p.m., Sept. 24, 2019 in the Petree Recital Hall. “One Ocean, One People” is free to the public.

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Fabien Cousteau

As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learning how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday.

Cousteau is well known for his study of sharks, having served as an Explorer-at-Large and program host for National Geographic. In 2006 he produced a CBS documentary in which he built a lifelike 14-foot-long 1,200-pound shark submarine named "Troy" that allowed him to live among the sharks, showing viewers a rare glimpse of these often misunderstood creatures. He later spent four years cohosting PBS's "Ocean Adventures" with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and his sister Céline.

Since then, as a member of multiple cause-driven and charitable boards, Fabien has been working with local communities and children worldwide to help restore local water ecosystems. Early in 2016 he founded the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”) to fulfill his dream of creating a vehicle to make a positive change in the world.

About the Series

The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series features annual events that enrich the academic environment for the University and the surrounding community. Programs may relate to the arts and sciences, business, dance and entertainment, law, music, nursing, theatre, or religious topics.

The lecture series was created through an endowment gift from Lynette Lemon Wert and Larry H. Lemon in 2010 on behalf of the Lemon family of Oklahoma City, in honor of Martha Jean Lemon, who graduated from OCU in 1968 with a degree in history and worked as an independent comparative religion scholar.

This series continues OCU’S tradition of the Distinguished Speakers Series which has included speakers such as David Brooks, Marian Wright Edelman, Henry Louis Gates, Jane Goodall, Robert F.Kennedy Jr., Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Harold Kushner, N.Scott Momaday, Bill Moyers, Sister Helen Prejean, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Andrew Weil, as well as Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Wangari Maathai, and Jody Williams.