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TEDxGrassValley returns for fourth year

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WHAT: TEDxGrassValley

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, Doors open 3:30 p.m.m, Event 4-9 p.m.,

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945

TICKETS: $35, limited to 100, available online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or in person at BriarPatch Coop, The Center for the Arts and Nevada City Box Office

TEDxGrassValley returns to Nevada County Dec. 2, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

This is the fourth TEDxGrassValley with nearly 400 women and men having attended in the last three years. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the upcoming TEDxWomen conference, taking place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Washington DC. TEDxGrassValley is one of the 10,000-plus global communities, in 50-plus languages on six continents joining the conversation about how women and girls are shaping the future.

TEDxGrassValley is organized by representatives from the Nevada City Film Festival, Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry, NCTV, Insight Lectures, The Friendship Club, Nevada County Big Brothers and Sisters, and See Jane Do.

TED and The Paley Center for Media will produce the third annual TEDxWomen: a gathering of global thought leaders and innovators in Washington, DC, connecting to thousands of online participants and self-organized events around the world. The cross-disciplinary, cross-generational program will focus on and explore the theme of “The Space Between”.

TEDxGrassvalley will webcast thought-provoking talks from TEDxWomen including:

•Julia Bluhm and Izzie Labbe: two young women who successfully petitioned Seventeen magazine to stop altering face and body shapes of girls with photoshop.

•Anita Sarkeesian: a feminist media critic who initiated a successful Kickstarter campaign to examine gender tropes in video games. Shortly after, a Flash game, where users could punch a likeness of Sarkeesian, went viral, underscoring the sexism she sought to unveil.

•Bob Woodruff: a former ABC war correspondent who suffered a traumatic brain injury while embedded in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, who will describe their journey of starts and stops.

•Eve Ensler: a well-known feminist playwright, performer, writer, activist, and

author of the The Vagina Monologues.

•Chung Hyun Kyung: a Korean spiritual leader and ecofeminist.

•Musimbi Kanyoro: head of the Women’s Global Fund.

•Jessica Pabon: on the history of graffiti artists.

TEDxGrassValley will also feature a handful of the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, and leaders, including:

•Karen Atkins: certified Wudang Qi Gong instructor, advanced certified BodyTalk instructor, award-winning songwriter, on Re-think Super Woman: Make changing your world a sustainable reality.

•Mayumi Elegado: publisher of the award-winning bilingual newspaper Moonshine Ink based in Truckee, on New Journalism: The Power of Storytelling.

•Tiffany Gray: Friendship Club girl and student, on I am the Space Between.

•Julie Greene: executive dairector of Solar Cookers International, on Harnessing the sun to improve health and environments.

•Lucinda K. Porter, RN: author of “Free from Hepatitis C: Your Complete Guide to Healing Hepatitis C”, on Hepatitis C: The Baby Boomer Virus.

•Katie Sabira Rubin: actress and comedian, on Spirituality for the Spiritually Rebellious, Femininity for the Femininely Challenged.

•Amanda Thibodeau: founder of the Food Love Project, farmer, on How the love of food can change the world.

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 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 means an independently organized TED event.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration. More information on TEDxGrassValley can be found at http://www.tedxgrassvalley.com.

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