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U of I Bellwood Lecture Features Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

October 16, 2018

MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 16, 2018 — The University of Idaho College of Law will welcome former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for a discussion on immigration during the annual Sherman J. Bellwood Lecture Oct. 23-24 in Boise and Moscow.

Chertoff was the U.S. Homeland Security secretary from 2005-09 during the George W. Bush administration. He served as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 2003-05 and as U.S. assistant attorney general for the criminal division from 2001-03. His talk is titled “Solving the Immigration Crisis.”

“Our immigration policies require us to balance two fundamental American values: our history and tradition of welcoming as a beacon of hope to all of the world, and our desire to respect and uphold the rule of law,” said Jerrold Long, dean of the College of Law. “Secretary Chertoff brings a unique perspective and an experienced voice to this important conversation.”

Chertoff will speak at 5 p.m. Mountain time, Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Pioneer Room of JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. The event begins with a public reception followed by remarks. His appearance in Moscow begins at 4 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center’s International Ballroom. A public reception will follow. The Moscow and Boise programs are free and open to the public.

In addition to his service for the federal government, Chertoff is the founder of the Data Equilibrium Project that addresses the gap between privacy and national security and is co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm. He is also the author of the recently released book "Exploding Data: Reclaiming Cybersecurity in the Digital Age."

Additional lecture events focused on national security, cybersecurity and immigration topics are posted on the Bellwood website.

The Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures bring prominent and highly regarded local, regional and national leaders to the state of Idaho and the U of I campus. Students have the opportunity to discuss, examine and debate a wide range of subjects related to the justice system. More information is available at

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