TEDxUAHT: Hope Lives Here Postponed Indefinitely


Hope, Ark. – Due to the continuing spikes in COVID-19 cases in our area, TEDxUAHT has been postponed again.  The production team will work to choose a date in the future 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.

“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.”

“In order for large events to return, we’re going to have to see a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases,” continued Lance. “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.’ We’re very grateful the TED organization has granted us an extension through 2021 so that we can work to bring this event to life when it is safe.”

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

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 all of 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 all of the southwest corner of our state to better our communities.

Speakers who had been previously confirmed for the event are:

Meisha Robinson – I Am Hope because We Are Hope

Anthony Henderson – The Interdependence of Hope, Faith, and Forgiveness

Rhoda Deon – The Musical Mathematics of Hope

Jennifer Wright – Improv to Improve: A Comedic Approach to Soft Skills

Jack Daniels – Hope for Hope

Steven Walden – The Art of Hope

Misti Coker – Just Show Up

Jeffery Ladd – The Art of Teaching Still Lives!

Lorena Jenkins – La fortaleza de la incomodidad (The Strenght of an Awkward Moment/Discomfort)

Mekicia Henry – Hope for the Future

Lee Smith – The Hope for Artificial Intelligence in Education

Rescheduled speakers will be announced on the TEDxUAHT website.  To view each speakers’ bio and see updates, please visit

For questions about the upcoming TEDxUAHT or to become a Partner, please contact Amanda Lance or Chloe Russell, TEDxUAHT Co-producer, at [email protected] or (870) 722-8565; or visit and

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives;TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

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