The Justice and Peace Studies program will join a Sociology and Criminal Justice “Police and Society” class to hear the special agent in charge of the FBI’s regional headquarters speak this afternoon about “Balancing Public Safety and Civil Liberties.”

Ralph Boelter

Ralph Boelter

Ralph Boelter, a Wisconsin native, was appointed an FBI special agent in July 1991. He was initially assigned to the Boston Division, where he investigated white collar crime, violent crime and criminal enterprise matters. In April 2005, Boelter was assigned to the investigation involving the unauthorized disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s covert identity, and worked in the Inspector General’s office after that.

He was named the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Division, which serves the states of Minnesota, and North and South Dakota, on Dec. 22, 2006.

Boelter will speak from 2:55 to 4:35 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Room 108, the O’Shaughnessy Room (also known as “the Leather Room”), located behind Coffee Bené, in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

Students, faculty and staff from the St. Thomas community are welcome to attend as well, but note that Boelter’s talk is a classroom educational event not a public program.

For more information call Michael Andregg, (651) 962-5920, before 11 a.m., or (651) 962-5907 after 11 a.m.