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Nov. 1: Operation Whitecoat screening and panel discussion

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College is hosting a viewing of the documentary film “Operation Whitecoat” and a post-show panel discussion Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

From 1954 to 1973, during the Cold War, more than 2,300 non-combatant conscientious objectors from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church volunteered to serve their country by participating in U.S. Army medical experiments focused on developing defensive medical countermeasures against the Soviet Union’s bio-warfare capabilities. These volunteers were exposed to experimental vaccines and infectious pathogens.

“Operation Whitecoat” tells the story of these patriots—their commitment to their religious principles and desire to serve in America’s defense, their courage to participate in these tests and their contributions that went far beyond Army biodefense.

The post-screening panel will be moderated by Ann Boyd, Ph.D., ethicist and Hood professor of biology. The panel will include three professionals from the documentary: Phillip Pittman, M.D., chief of the division of medicine at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID); Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and Arthur O. Anderson, M.D., retired director of the Office of Human Use and Ethics at USAMRIID.

For more information on Operation Whitecoat, visit For more information on Hood’s screening and the panel discussion, contact April Boulton at