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TEDx speakers announced

Date: 2/1/16
Contact: Christina Madsen or Kandace Keeney |

TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas Speakers Announced

Conway, AR – TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas has announced the speaker lineup for the inaugural TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas conference, themed “Ideas Whose Time Has Come,” to be held on March 4, 2016 in the Ida Waldran Auditorium on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Speakers are as follows:

  • Wes Craiglow (AICP), Deputy Director of Planning and Development at the city of Conway
  • John Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Arkansas and Oklahoma
  • Phil Fletcher, Founder and Executive Director at The City of Hope Outreach
  • Malcolm Glover (PhD), Communications Director and Delta Veterans Program Director at ARVets
  • Brittany Hodak, Co-Founder of Per Diems Against Poverty
  • Sandra Leyva, Executive Director of The Locals
  • Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force
  • Dan Newbie, YouTube sensation, aka the “Wine Glass Musician”
  • Rashod Ollison, Entertainment Reporter at The Virginian-Pilot
  • Omavi Shukur, Director of Seeds of Liberation
  • Nan Snow, Veteran Feminist and Board Chair of Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Sylvia B. Thompson, Director of the El Dorado Promise
  • Donna Waugh, Search and Rescue (SAR) K-9 Handler with Arkansas Search Dog Association
  • Erika Wilhite, Founder and Artistic Director at Artist’s Laboratory Theatre

Tickets are now available for purchase at Tickets are $20 for UCA students and $40 for general admission. To be eligible for a student ticket a current UCA student ID is required.

Only 100 tickets are available for purchase.

TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas will also host free, public live streaming parties on UCA’s campus and in the Conway community.

For more information or questions please e-mail

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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. 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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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