On Thursday, Dec. 5, Hendrix College will host the third annual TEDxHendrixCollegeWomen event. This independently organized event, which will include talks from three innovative Central Arkansas women, is organized around a live-stream of the national TED Women conference in San Francisco, Calif.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Invented Here.’ TED Women will celebrate invention in all its forms. Not just technology, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. Focus will be placed on highlighting the strength, passion, and resilience of women around the world and at home.

TEDxHendrixCollegeWomen will take place Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. in room C of the Mills Building at Hendrix College. The event is free. Those interested may register online at www.TEDxHendrixCollege.com

The guest speakers include Karen Yeary, associate professor and researcher in the department of Health Behavior and Health Education at UAMS College of Public Health. Her research interests include faith-based health promotion, health disparities and psychosocial aspects of health. She is currently studying health and nutrition among minority women in the Arkansas Delta region.

Another speaker will be Maxine Payne, a photographer and associate professor of art at Hendrix College. Through her work, which has been shown nationally, Payne seeks to engage community and highlight the idea of place. Payne has collaborated with biologist Matt Moran on a project documenting the "Big Woods" region in Arkansas.

Dr. Anne J. Goldberg is an applied anthropologist and associate professor of anthropology at Hendrix College. Her research interests include the anthropology of education and identity. She has done research on the US-Mexico borderlands and has been involved in the process of proposing new Heritage Areas in the Southwestern U.S.

Goldberg and Payne will present a joint talk about their collaboration on a project documenting the lives of rural women in Costa Rica, the US/Mexico border, Africa and Vietnam.

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, TEDTalks, or videos, and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where "x" indicates an independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.