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President Barack Obama will visit Northwestern University on Thursday, Oct. 2, to deliver a message on the economy to students at the University and the Kellogg School of Management, the White House and the University announced Tuesday.

This will be the first visit to Northwestern University by a sitting president in 60 years. The speech will be delivered at 1:15 p.m. in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will come to Northwestern’s campus in Evanston to make a major address about the economy and his plans to keep expanding opportunity for Americans,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, who also is a professor of economics and an expert in the economics of higher education. “We’re excited by the opportunity to welcome President Obama to our campus.

“President Obama received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwestern in 2006, when he gave the University’s Commencement address. Therefore, we are particularly pleased to have him back on campus this week. I hope you will join me in wearing your purple and welcoming the president and his staff to Northwestern on Thursday,” President Schapiro said in a message to the University community.

Given the high-profile nature of the event and the limited seating in Cahn Auditorium, the University said it will not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to come. Consequently, Northwestern will set up group viewing locations on campus. Further information will be forthcoming on that as well as other details regarding President Obama’s visit. In addition, the speech will be live-streamed on the Web at www.whitehouse.gov.

“The Kellogg School of Management educates many of the world’s future business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” Kellogg Dean Sally Blount said. “I know our students will be eager to hear from President Obama on this topic.”

According to University Archivist Kevin Leonard, the last time a sitting president visited Northwestern was in 1954 when then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower received an honorary doctor of laws degree and spoke at a special event that attracted more than 23,000 people. Before that, the last sitting president to visit the University was then-President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1903 came here on a goodwill tour of the West as commander in chief.

In 2006, before he was a presidential candidate, then-Senator Obama was Northwestern’s commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University.

Street Closures

President Obama will be visiting Evanston on Thursday to deliver a speech at Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University. 

The President is scheduled to arrive in the late morning for the speech around 1:00 PM.  After the speech, the President will depart Evanston. 

EPD is working with NUPD and the Secret Service on arrangements for the visit.  It is anticipated that Sheridan Road will be closed for several hours Thursday morning and temporary parking restrictions will be in place on streets near the University.  

Based on the information received by the City, there will be no public access at or near Cahn Auditorium.  The City will distributed additional information on parking restrictions and the Sheridan Road street closure later in the day Tuesday.