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Obama's University of Chicago Speech His First Post-Presidency Event

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Former President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 02:06 PM

The University of Chicago will be the site of former President Barack Obama’s first public event since he left office in January.

On Monday, Obama will speak at the university where he taught constitutional law about “community organizing and civic engagement,” his office told CBS Chicago. The tickets are by invitation only, and six young people from various colleges and organizations have been invited to be onstage with Obama.

The event is consistent with Obama’s stated goals to mentor and encourage the next generation of leaders and to strengthen communities, an adviser said, CBS reported.

Obama began his political life as a community organizer before running for aa state lawmaker office in the 1990s. He only spent four years in the U.S. Senate before being elected president in 2008.

The University of Chicago event will be televised and Michelle Obama is not expected to appear, according to the Chicago Tribune. It will be Obama's second visit to Chicago since leaving office, but the first did not include any public events.

The former president has spent most of his time since leaving office taking vacations with various celebrities and writing his memoirs, the Tribune reported. He will be in Boston on May 7 to accept the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Twitter was fairly divided about the development.

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