Becoming American: Promise & Prejudice Film Screening/Discussion

  • 1200 18th Street | Perry, IA 50220
  • Presented By: Carnegie Library Museum
  • Dates: September 30, 2018
  • Location: Perry Performing Arts Center
  • Phone: (515) 465-7713
  • Start/End Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Event Times: From: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    “Promise and Prejudice” explores the tension – historic and current – between Americans’ acceptance of immigrants, including the celebration of their own immigrant heritage, versus the periodic backlash prompted by concern about the economic and cultural effects of newcomers.

    The film "Welcome to Shelbyville" focuses on a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt as it grapples with discrimination and the recent arrival of hundreds of Somali refugees of Muslim faith, hired by the local Tyson chicken-processing plant.

    This program is moderated by Iowa State University Extension's Jon Wolseth. The film features Spanish Subtitles and Spanish-language translators will be in attendance to help facilitate this discussion.

    Make sure to come early and stay late for Hispanics United for Perry's ¡Viva Perry! Latino Festival, offering food vendors and traditional dancing from 12:00 - 6:00 pm.

    This event is sponsored by City Lore, Hometown Heritage, Iowa State University Extension, Hispanics United for Perry, Perry Community Schools, the State Historical Society, and other local sponsors. For more information, see our website ( or contact us at or 515-465-7713.