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Torture and the U.S.: Why Accountability Matters

Allen Keller
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“Torture and the U.S.: Why Accountability Matters” will be presented by Allen Keller, at 3 pm on Oct 12, in Montague 80. The event is part of the lecture series presented by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies.

Allen Keller is associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, founder of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, and director of the NYU School of Medicine Center for Health and Human Rights.

In the early 1990s, Keller conducted research on landmines in Cambodia. “I was going to a bunch of provincial hospitals, reviewing hospital records, documenting civilian casualties,” he says. “That work has so much shaped who I am as a physician, as a human rights advocate, as well as a person.”

Keller is recognized internationally as an expert in the documentation, evaluation and treatment of victims of torture and other human rights abuses. He has also conducted ground-breaking research on a variety of health and human rights concerns including the medical and social consequences of landmines, access to healthcare for prisoners and other questions of medical ethics. He is on the Advisory Board of Physicians for Human Rights.

Keller has received numerous awards for his work, including the Barbara Chester Award from the Hopi Foundation, the Eclipse Award from the Center for Victims of Torture, and in 2007, Keller was the recipient of New York University’s distinguished alumnus award.

For information contact Department of History, Associate Professor Alexis Pogorelskin:, 218-726-7548, or see

Written by Cheryl Reitan, September 2011

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