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HOPE, Ark. Due to the spike in recent COVID-19 cases in the area, TEDxUAHT has been postponed again.

The production team will choose a future date when it is safe to host events of this nature. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos, according to a news release.

"Having to postpone TEDxUAHT for a second time is necessary," said Amanda Lance, TEDxUAHT executive producer and director of Hempstead Hall & Workforce Development for the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. "UAHT has been committed to public health safety from the beginning of this pandemic. We have to do what's best and responsible for our community's well-being."

All attendees, speakers, partners and volunteers are being notified of the postponement.

"In order for large events to return, we're going to have to see a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases," Lance said. "The best way to get back to normal is practice safe measures such as wearing a mask in public, limiting contact with the general population, social distance, and wash your hand thoroughly and often. It's going to take all of us working together to get through the pandemic and back to a version of 'normal.'"

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxUAHT will offer attendees an opportunity to focus in-depth on challenges facing the Southwest Arkansas region and positive possibilities that can come by overcoming those challenges.

"Hope Lives Here" will strive to showcase the encouraging work happening throughout the southwest corner of Arkansas to better the community.

Rescheduled speakers will be announced on the TEDxUAHT website.

For questions about TEDxUAHT or to become a partner, contact Amanda Lance or Chloe Russell, TEDxUAHT Co-producer, at [email protected] or (870) 722-8565; or visit www.tedxuaht.com and www.facebook.com/TEDxUAHT.

- From TEDxUAHT

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