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Watch live: Obama to encourage civic participation

By Andrew V. Pestano

April 24 (UPI) -- Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first post-presidency appearance Monday at the University of Chicago where he will give a speech about civic engagement and community organizing.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. and is expected to last about 1.5 hours. He will be joined by young adults who are students in Chicago-area schools. Obama previously worked as a law professor at the University of Chicago.

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"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 University of Chicago said in a statement.

On Sunday, Obama met privately in Chicago's South Side with participants in a job-training program created by Arne Duncan, his longtime friend and former education secretary. During the meeting, Obama voiced concerns about gang and gun violence in Chicago.

Obama's planned presidential library, the Barack Obama Presidential Center, in Chicago is scheduled to be complete by 2020 or 2021.

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