Obama’s back: Former president to hold Chicago event on Monday

Former President Barack Obama will make his first public appearance Monday, hosting an event on civic engagement back in his old stomping grounds at the University of Chicago.

The event, open to the public but with limited tickets, will bring together younger leaders and students “for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.”

Obama represented the neighborhood the campus is in while in the Illinois state senate, and was a law professor there. He last stopped by the campus in 2016, using an event at the law school to make a push for his failed attempt to appoint Antonin Scalia’s replacement to the Supreme Court.

“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,” the event program states.

The focus on younger leaders will be a significant part of his post-presidency plans, which are still underway.


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