Inclusive Dialogue

Empathy in Times of Crisis – A virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue, award-winning author of Behold the Dreamers
Friday, November 13, 2020

A Virtual Discussion with Author Imbolo Mbue

Friday, November 13, 2020
6-7:30 PM (CT)


In 2020, Iowans are living in a time when the public health and economic shocks of COVID-19 are further fracturing our already polarized society. Political misinformation, xenophobia, and racism choke our collective capacities for seeing the common humanity in one another. During such times, when even the threat of political mass violence lingers over the country, Americans are reflecting on ideals such as the “American Dream” and seeking opportunities for reconciliation with our neighbors.

As part of the Stanley Center’s work to promote empathy and global citizenship in our local Iowa community, we, with our partners, are organizing a virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue, award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller, Behold the Dreamers. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue will discuss immigration and the American Dream and what her work can teach us about empathy in our relationships with others.

We encourage our community members in Muscatine, Iowa, and beyond to read Mbue’s book and join us on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 6 PM for a virtual discussion.

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue’s book is a compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

For Muscatine area residents, you can purchase Behold the Dreamers at the Muscatine Community College Bookstore (in stock in late October).

Register to Participate

Register today for the “Inclusive Dialogue: Empathy in Times of Crisis” virtual discussion on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 6 PM. Registration is free. You will also receive a link to the Behold the Dreamers Reader’s Guide upon registration. Sign up today!



This virtual discussion is organized in partnership with:

Connect with Us

Questions about “Inclusive Dialogue: Empathy in Times of Crisis” or our other local programming? Follow us on Facebook for updates, or contact Krista Regennitter, program officer for Global Education!