LGBTQ Youth in Global Perspective: Resistance, Resilience, Reimagination

Feb 23, 2024

All Day

University Capitol Centre, 1117 - International Commons

200 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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This year’s Provost’s Global Forum (Feb. 23-24), LGBTQ Youth in Global Perspective: Resistance, Resilience, Reimagination, will assemble experts from around the globe to speak to the power and agency of LGBTQ youth and their stories. 

Experts in education, the arts, human rights policy, and health care will convene on campus for a one-day academic symposium. As part celebration of youth identity, and part opportunity to build global strategy around supporting and building healthy and culturally sustaining environments for youth, this forum will create a space for analysis, for community, and for hope and joy for LGBTQ youth and their advocates around the world. 

Highlights of the forum include: 

  • An academic symposium that is free and open to the public (register online); 
  • The 2024 Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture by Daniel Arzola, senior graphic designer at the University of Minnesota;   
  • A "pay what you can" documentary film screening of Lotus Sports Club at FilmScene;  
  • PrideCon, an annual, free day of programming for youth, hosted by United Action for Youth (UAY). For more information on PrideCon, please contact UAY directly

This event is made possible through the generous support and contributions from the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization, UI International Programs, UI College of Education, the UI Linda R. Baker Teacher Leader Center, the African Human Rights Coalition, and United Action for Youth. In collaboration with FilmScene. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at