Two international experts are discussing a critical issue: OFFSHORE DRILLING. Hosted by The Public Square. Join in the discussion and learn about this highly contentious subject. Each speaker will present their perspective, which will be followed by a Q & A session.  Admission includes a full-color briefing book/program and free parking at the adjacent parking garage (as available).




TUE. OCT. 17

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Wilson Center

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Jean-Michel Cousteau
 President, Ocean Futures Society


For more than four decades, explorer, educator, environmentalist, and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau has used his vast and incredible experiences below the sea to communicate to people of all ages and nations his love and concern for our planet.

The son of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel enthralls audiences with his stories, photographs, and videos of life under the sea. In his multimedia “great ocean adventure,” patrons of all ages experience delight and awe as he fills theaters with ocean life, inspiring audiences to protect this precious resource.

Inspired by his father’s words, “people protect what they love,” Cousteau founded the Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit conservation and education organization which serves as the “Voice for the Ocean.” An impassioned spokesman and diplomat for the environment, Cousteau has produced many films and books through the Society. He has been awarded an Emmy, a Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and a Cable ACE Award for his powerful, beautiful work.

Jean-Michel Cousteau is living proof that individuals can make a difference in our world. A powerful voice for education, his performing arts events have gripped audiences around the world, as he entertains and educates by showcasing the beauty of the world around us.

John Hofmeister
Former President, Shell Oil Company


Upon retirement as President of Shell Oil Company in 2008, Mr. Hofmeister founded and heads the not-for-profit membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy.

A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International). Hofmeister served as the Chairman of the National Urban League and is the Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.  He serves as non-executive Director of Hunting plc, London; Applus+, Barcelona; CAMAC Energy, Inc., Houston; America Greener Technologies, Mesa, AZ.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.  He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director Emeritus of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Hofmeister serves as a Wrigley Scholar/Executive in Residence in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.  He is also a Lecturer at the University of Houston.

He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.  In May 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston and from Kansas State University in 2014.

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