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“We cannot begin to fathom who we are as persons, until we examine and appreciate the wonderfully rich and diverse streams of human life and culture that formed us.” The opening remarks made by University Provost Paul Benson to a full audience in the Kennedy Union ballroom on Jan. 24 were brief, but powerfully set the stage for the Spring 2018 Speaker Series keynote address by Imbolo Mbue. A Cameroonian immigrant, author and PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction recipient, Mbue took the stage to discuss her experiences as an immigrant who came to the United States to attend college. Reading excerpts from her book Behold the Dreamers, Mbue provided the audience of students, faculty, staff and community members thought-provoking insights on what it is like to be an immigrant in a foreign country.