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Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lectures @ UNI

Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lectures 2018 @ UNI

Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lectures 2018 @ UNI

"When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." -Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac



Dr. Jennifer Lowry, MD is a renowned pediatrician and toxicologist who leads the Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit in Kansas City.  Dr. Lowry will address the use of pesticides in homes, schools and the surrounding environment. She will speak on protections for children by creating healthy environments where children live, work and play.  She will give a public talk on the evening of September 5, and meeting with faculty and students and school officials on September 6.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and journalist.  Her latest book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category, and was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year.  Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the spring of 2005 and won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award. In 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award.  She will on campus for a public talk and other events on September 20 and 21, 2018.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser  is the Director of University of Wisconsin Arboretum, an advocate for biodiversity conservation through citizen science, and a pioneering leader in monarch conservation.  She will be on campus on October 24 and 25, 2018 for talks and other engagement with faculty and students.

David Archambault II (Lakota: Tokala Ohitika) is former tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.  In 2016, Chairman Archambault emerged as a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights as he led the opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He will be on campus November 28-29, 2018 and will give a public talk on the evening of November 28, 2018.

Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of, a growing group of conservatives who care about climate change.  He served in the U.S. Congress from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005-2011, a Republican representing Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina. On leaving Congress Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change, launching a 501(c)(3) educational initiative now based at George Mason University and known as (excerpt from Citizens' Climate Lobby).  He will be on campus for a public talk on February 26, 2019.

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of numerous books on topics ranging from the National Parks, women’s health, and democracy. Winner of The Community of Christ International Peace Award, the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, to name two of her many honors, Williams's work demonstrates how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. She will be visiting us on Friday April 19, 2019, meeting with students before giving a talk that evening.

2018 Speaker Collage from top left:  Elizabeth Kolbert (photo by Nicholas Whitman), Terry Tempest Williams (photo by Zoe Rodriguez), Dr. Karen Oberhauser (photo by Bryce Richter),  David Archambault II (photo courtesy of Chartwell), , Bob Inglis, Dr. Jennifer Lowry,