Our Common Ground: Why America’s Public Lands Are a Political and Conservation Success Story with Author John Leshy

This event took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 in the Boyd Law Building (BLB) at the University of Iowa College of Law.


This talk by Professor John D. Leshy was held in person, with the option of watching a livestream via Zoom. He highlighted the history of America’s public lands and the lessons they offer for the issues of today.


Scroll down to learn more about the event.


At A Glance



John D. Leshy


in person attendees at John Leshy's talk in the Boyd Law Building



unique virtual attendees at John Leshy's talk


Different university of iowa colleges and units represented in attendance


total attendees reached for both virtual and in-person options, combined


Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

Welcoming Remarks and Introductions were given by UI College of Law Dean Kevin Washburn in room 235 in the Boyd Law Building.

Prepared Remarks

After introductions, John D. Leshy gave prepared remarks on the history of America’s public land, and the lessons they offer for dealing with contemporary challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and the dramatic increase in visitation.


John D. Leshy


  • Registration table opens in the Lobby of Boyd Law Building

    12:15 pm
  • Lunch is available for all registered attendees

    12:30 pm
  • Program begins with Welcoming Remarks and Introductions by Dean Washburn

    12:45 pm
  • Program ends

    1:45 pm

Questions or Concerns

For questions about this session or the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, contact Program Director Blake Rupe at blake-rupe@uiowa.edu.

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