Tuesday April 10, 2017, 7:00 PM
Boston College, Devlin Hall 101, Chestnut Hill, MA
The Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, Boston College Asian American Studies Program,
BC Korean Students Association, BC Peace Action,
American Friends Service Committee Peace & Economic Security Program,
Massachusetts Peace Action,
United for Justice with Peace.
Sounghey Kim, Co-Chair of the Seongju County Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD
Theodore Postol, PhD, Professor, Science, Technology, and International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Juyeon Rhee, Korea Policy Institute; Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, New York
Moderators: M. Brinton Lykes, Co-Director of the CHRIJ, and Ramsay Liem, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Boston College
In the midst of political upheaval and transition in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, have stepped up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim that the real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks. Learn about this struggle from the front line activism of Ms. Sounghey Kim, a leader of the peoples’ movement to oppose the deployment of THAAD, comprised of citizens from numerous sectors of Seongju County. Also hear the views of Ted Postol, professor of Science, Technology, and International Security at MIT, about THAAD and US missile defense systems. Professor Postol has written widely about these systems and participated in high-level consultations with government officials in South Korea.
The program is part of a U.S. national tour, Stop THAAD in Korea, sponsored by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific with support from the Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Juyeon Rhee, an organizer for the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, is accompanying Rev. Kim and will comment on the broader U.S./Korea alliance that forms the context for this latest conflict.