Barack Obama to speak Monday at University of Chicago


WASHNGTON — Former President Barack Obama will return to Chicago Monday to speak to young people at the University of Chicago, in what will be his first speech since leaving the White House.

Obama and young leaders will hold a conversation on civic engagement and discuss community organizing, his office announced Friday.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend, chosen from area universities that were given tickets for distribution, said Kevin Lewis, spokesman for the former president. About six young people will appear on stage with him for the discussion, Lewis said.

“This event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,” an advisory said.

No tickets remain for distribution to the general public, but the event will be televised.

Among the schools given tickets are the U. of C., Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago and Chicago State University, Lewis said. Minority-serving organizations also were given tickets, he said.

Obama, who left office Jan. 20, has visited Chicago once since then for a meeting connected to his future Presidential Center planned for Jackson Park. This event is not being sponsored by the Obama Foundation, Lewis said.

“He’s really excited to go back to Chicago and have a conversation about community organizing and civic engagement,” Lewis said.

Obama is expected to stay in Chicago for “a couple of days” and his remaining schedule was not released.

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