Annual Wallenberg Lecture Scheduled

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by

Dr. Steven Miles

Dr. Steven Miles

Dr. Steven Miles, professor of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota, will give this year’s Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

Miles’ lecture is titled “Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors,” and will examine the complicity of medical personnel in the torture of Iraqi prisoners at “war on terror” prisons. The lecture is based on research Miles conducted for his recently published book of the same name.

Miles is also an affiliate faculty for both the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the law school’s concentration in health law and bioethics at the University of Minnesota. He has served as president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and received its Distinguished Service Award.

He served as medical director for the American Refugee Committee for 25 years, which included service as chief medical officer for 45,000 refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border and projects in Sudan, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, and the Thai-Burmese border.

Miles has also published four books, more than 20 chapters, and more than 200 medical articles on medical ethics, human rights, tropical medicine, end of life care, and geriatric health care. He also spoke at the 42nd annual Nobel Conference, Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow, in 2006.

The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture was established at Gustavus in 1983 and honors the heroism and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg whose support of persecuted Jews during World War II saved the lives of many. The lecture is sponsored by the Peace Studies Program at Gustavus.

For more information about the annual Wallenberg Lecture, contact Associate Professor of Political Science Mimi Gerstbauer at or 507-933-7421.


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