Online Program

Silent Exposure

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:00 p.m. - 12:07 p.m.

Christopher Nostrand, MFA in progress, Integrated Media Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY
During the Vietnam War, vast quantities of an herbicidal chemical were sprayed across the battlefield to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam to improve the strategic position of United State troops against the Viet-Cong. This chemical's code name is known as Agent Orange. 

 A marine, Alfred Nostrand served during the Vietnam War where, inevitably, he was exposed to Agent Orange. Thirty-five years later, in 2005, Alfred passed away from cancer of the liver. 

 In 2013, Alfred’s son, Chris Nostrand, the filmmaker, opens the wound of losing his father, uncovering the issue of Agent Orange use in the Vietnam War. On his journey, Chris meets with professionals and his own family to unravel new findings and surprises experts with his story.

Learning Areas:

Basic medical science applied in public health
Environmental health sciences
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define what agent orange is. List the diseases associated with agent orange. Describe the challenges we face in policy change. Discuss how agent orange was used in the Vietnam War. Explain agent orange's long lasting affects. Identify the circumstances for agent orange use in the Vietnam War.

Keyword(s): Public health or related research, Public health or related research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professional filmmaker, MFA in progress.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.