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Doctoral student’s TEDxBend talk urges others to value their freedom

January 21, 2016 by Brandman University
Tchicaya Missamou is in the Doctor of Education program at Brandman University.

Tchicaya Missamou is in the Doctor of Education program at Brandman University.

Raised in the Republic of Congo during their civil war, Tchicaya Missamou is a current student in Brandman University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in organizational leadership and part of the newest Irvine cohort. In April 2015, Missamou talked about his experiences at TEDxBend. Missamou was recruited by rebel forces in 1992 and taught to fight at age 13. In 1997, he fled his homeland, eventually arriving in America and joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Missamou founded Warrior Fitness in Valencia, California, inspired by his military experience and his belief that freedom is not something to take for granted. His memoir, “In the Shadow of Freedom,” is the story of his quest to achieve his own American Dream.

TED conferences worldwide are the inspiration for TEDxBend, which is the locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes in Bend, Oregon. The theme for all TED talks is “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

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