Film Screening, Q&A with Educator/Activist Iris Morales

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:30pm
118 E. College St.
Ped Mall
Iowa City, IA 52240

The Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar film series will screen !Palante, Siempre Palante!. A Q&A with the filmmaker and former Young Lord, Iris Morales, will follow the screening.

!Palante, Siempre Palante! is a documentary film about the New York Young Lords, which was an activist organization that empowered Puerto Rican and other youth to instigate change in their communities, and who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding this year. The film aired on PBS and has been screened around the country.    

Iris Morales is an activist and educator. An outspoken advocate, she has been active in movements for racial justice, woman’s rights, climate justice, and the decolonization of Puerto Rico. She was a leading member of the Young Lords Party in the mid-1960s and 1970s. Morales combines her love of activism, history, and storytelling. She has published several books, including Voices from Puerto Rico: Post-Hurricane Maria and Through the Eyes of Rebel Women, The Young Lords, 1969 to 1976, the first account of women members. She is also the producer, writer, and co-director of the award winning film, !Palante, Siempre Palante!. Morales is an attorney, a graduate of NYU Law School, and holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts. Presently, she is the founding director and editor at Red Sugarcane Press.

Free and open to all.

Hosted by the Latina/o Studies Program, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, GWSS, American Studies, and Cinematic Arts.

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 Erin Hackathorn in advance at or (319) 335-4034.