Amy Klobuchar SXSW

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a Democratic presidential candidate, takes part in a "Conversations About America's Future" program at ACL Live during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival on March 9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar will take part in a discussion slated to close the University of Colorado Boulder's upcoming Conference on World Affairs in April, the school announced Thursday.

Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota, is scheduled to address issues facing communities like Boulder in a moderated conversation with Tom Zeller, a history professor at CU Boulder. She'll also take questions from the audience.

The Molly Ivins Memorial Plenary talk is set for 4 p.m. April 13 at Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. 

It will be Klobuchar's first public event in Colorado since she entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary with a speech delivered during a February snowstorm in Minneapolis.

She was the featured speaker in September at the Denver Democratic Party’s Edward M. Kennedy dinner.

Two Colorado Democrats will likely be running against Klobuchar for the presidential nomination. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper jumped in the crowded primary field on March 4, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is nearing an announcement that he's a candidate.

At last count, at least 15 Democratic candidates have launched exploratory committees or full-blown campaigns, including U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make his intentions known soon.

On Thursday, Klobuchar unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at upgrading roads and bridges, protecting against flooding and expanding transit, including updating airports and high-speed railways. Her proposal would leverage $650 billion in federal funds on public-private partnerships, bonding and tax incentives.

Tickets to the event in Boulder will be available to the general public on April 12 and 13 in the atrium of the University Memorial Center and at the Macky Auditorium box office. (CU students can start picking them up the day before at the UMC.)

Overflow seating with a closed-circuit feed of the conversation will be available in the Glenn Miller ballroom at the UNC.

Check out the schedule for the Conference on World Affairs here


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