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HOPE, Ark. — An independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of "Hope Lives Here."

TEDxUAHT will take place April 4, 2020, at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience.

Some of the best talks from the TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDxUAHT will offer attendees an opportunity to focus in-depth on the challenges facing the Southwest Arkansas region and the positive possibilities that can come by overcoming those challenges. "Hope Lives Here" will strive to showcase the encouraging work happening throughout Hope, Hempstead County and the southwest corner of the state.

"We are thrilled to produce TEDxUAHT to bring a creative, thought-provoking outlet to celebrate all of the good things about living in our area," said Amanda Lance, executive producer for TEDxUAHT. "Our Curation Team is working to bring together a wide array of speakers and performers who will represent the good things to come and explain the challenges we face in getting there."

TEDxUAHT seeks speakers and performers for the inaugural event. Tryouts will be held at the Rapert Library on the University of Arkansas at Hope campus on Oct. 7-8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Interested participants should email Chloe Russell, TEDxUAHT co-organizer, at [email protected] or call 870-722-8565 to complete a tryouts registration form.

For more information about the upcoming TEDxUAHT, contact Lance at [email protected] or 870-722-8566 or visit and

—From a Press Release

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