Imbolo Mbue
Imbolo Mbue

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Laura Janota, Roosevelt University, 312-341-3511, or


Imbolo Mbue, celebrated author of "Behold the Dreamers," will discuss the daunting challenges that immigrants, including herself, have faced in trying to achieve the American Dream.  An immigrant from Cameroon and Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute guest lecturer, Mbue won the PEN/Faulkner Award for the New York Times bestselling novel on marriage, race, class and disillusionment that she wrote after losing her job in New York City during the Great Recession. An Oprah Book Club selection, "Behold the Dreamers" has been translated into 12 languages, adapted for opera, the stage and has been optioned for a movie. It touches on the kind of lack of belonging that many in America today are facing, making the novel and Mbue an inspirational speaker for the University’s 2019 American Dream Conference.


Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m.


Roosevelt University, Goodman Center, 501 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University, a private institution founded in 1945 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, has more than 4,200 students in five colleges. With campuses in the Chicago Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg, Roosevelt offers 7,500 undergraduate programs and 15 graduate and doctoral programs across five colleges and online, including arts and sciences, business, performing arts, education and pharmacy. Roosevelt has been ranked as third most racially diverse private university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report – Best Colleges Rankings. For more information, visit

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