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First lady Michelle Obama makes rare speaking appearance in Dallas

First lady Michelle Obama makes rare speaking appearance in Dallas

Michelle Obama is coming to Dallas. Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House

Former first lady Michelle Obama will be making a speaking appearance in Dallas in the spring. The event will take place at the Winspear Opera House on March 8 at 7:30 pm as a special add-on presentation of the Center’s #hearhere speaker series.

"A Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama" will be an exclusive optional add-on to the Center's #hearhere series. Current subscribers can add Mrs. Obama's engagement to their subscription package during a special window between January 19-26.

The appearance was announced from the stage at the Winspear Opera House prior to Neil deGrasse Tyson's sold-out engagement on January 18; the Tyson show was also part of the #hearhere series.

Other speakers in the series include Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer; Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner Rita Moreno; award-winning television and film actor Rob Lowe; actor, writer, and comedian Bill Murray & Friends; and NPR's Ira Glass, which is another optional add-on.

Michelle Robinson Obama served as first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. During her time, she launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members, and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Before becoming first lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.

She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. She also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

This spring, she has other speaking engagements including an appearance in Indianapolis and a two-night stand in Vancouver in February.

Tickets will be available starting January 19 at noon to current and new #hearhere subscribers. Current subscribers can call 214-880-0202 to add this event to their subscription and must do so by January 26 at 8 pm. New subscriptions can be purchased by phone or online, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora St. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm, and before performances.