Women cross the DMZ by Stephen Wunrow
Photo courtesy of WomenCrossDMZ. Photo by Stephen Wunrow.
Women's Leadership in the Korean Peace Process
​​Thursday, April 7, 2016

7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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Christine Ahn

Activist Christine Ahn organized a 2015 peace walk through the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, marking the 70th year since Korea was divided.

She is a polic​y analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. She is co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute (KPI), National Campaign to End the Korean War, and Korean Americans for Fair Trade. 

Ms. Ahn has participated in and led several peace and solidarity trips to South and North Korea. She has addressed the United Nations, U.S. Congress and the National Human Rights Commission in South Korea. 

She is a columnist with the Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy In Focus, and her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times/International Herald Tribune, CNN, Asia Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has appeared on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Democracy Now!, NBC Today Show, NPR, a​nd Voice of America. 

Ms. Ahn is currently Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute and has worked with the Global Fund for Women, Women of Color Resource Center and Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First. She helped produce Fashion Resistance to Militarism, a popular education show on the dominance of militarism in our lives. 

Ms. Ahn holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a certificate in ecological horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been inducted into the OMB Watch Public Interest Hall of Fame and recognized as a Rising Peacemaker by the Agape Foundation.

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​A Conversation with Christine  Ahn
Wednesday, April 6
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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Meet Christine Ahn during a special conversation hosted by the Center for Professional and Personal Ethics the evening before the Abel Lecture Series event.

​Event Sponsors

Christine Ahn's visit to Central Michigan University was sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) at CMU. This​ endowed lecture series was established in 2009 by the family of Dr. Harold Abel to honor and memorialize his 44-year career as an educator, which included a 10-year term as president of Central Michigan University from 1975 to 1985. Dr. Abel passed away in 2002.


Christine Ahn appears on CNN
Gloria Steinem and Christine Ahn. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je.
Gloria Steinem and Christine Ahn walk with peace activists in Korea, May 2016. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je.