How Hidden Superheroes Made My Journey Possible

Sophal Ear · TEDxNIU 2015

Sophal talks about the everyday encounters with hidden superheroes who, at the most critical points in his life, made all the difference in the world. He discusses how those people taught him that to whom much is given, much is expected, and why we must all become superheroes for one another.

Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He taught political economy and how to rebuild countries after wars at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and international development policy at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His career highlights include consulting for the World Bank, Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, a TED Fellowship and Fulbright Specialist. He is a Trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Partners for Development, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, and Southeast Asia Development Program. He has also authored several books. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.