Captain America

Superheroes, Villains
& History Lessons

Prof’s book views Cold War
through Hollywood’s lens

Historical ideas come alive Through the context of film

Bryn Upton often explores historical ideas with his students using the universal language of film, but the History professor takes that approach to a new level with his first book, “Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change.”

Superheroes figure prominently in Upton’s book, which is available on Amazon. Their heroic qualities remain consistent, while the villains’ evil attributes reflect real-world fears of the day, he says: “The superhero has to engage in a fight with someone or something we are afraid of.”

During the Cold War, Americans feared a nuclear apocalypse – and film reflected that. In post 9-11 times and with a global audience to attract, films feature bad guys who are terrorists. Upton will discuss these ideas from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Hill Hall 108. FULL STORY

Eric Dezenhall

Sat. Sept. 27
11 a.m.

A conversation with McDaniel parent and crisis management consultant Eric Dezenhall.


McDaniel College students in front of Carroll Hall, location of Undergraduate Admissions.


Upcoming Fall Visit Days: Learn More »


Can't make it on campus? Take our Virtual Tour.

McDaniel again recognized as a top liberal arts college. MORE »

The Harcum family with their daughter.

Reconnect at Family Weekend
Sept. 26 - 28

How Many Chemistry Lab Coats Does A Gift Provide?

Grant Supports
Dive into Research

Senior’s Interest In
Clean Water Deepens

Alexa Riland ’15 spent the summer studying tiny protozoans living in the sea grass in the Mediterranean shallows around Mallorca off the coast of Spain. Her research at the University of Balearic Islands into the health of the sea grass and overall water quality — as reflected by the protozoans’ skeletal remains — was entirely funded by a Cargill Foundation grant.

The Cargill grant has also sent McDaniel’s Environmental Studies students to Hawaii to study Humpback Whale migration and Guyana to study bat biodiversity. The experience affirmed Riland’s career interest in water quality: “It was simply the coolest summer of my entire life.”  FULL STORY

Picture of Gabrielle Yore from McDaniel College.

Athlete of the


Gabrielle Yore led the field hockey team to a 2-0 week, scoring four of the team's six goals, including her first collegiate hat trick. MORE

Pres. Casey Plots Future of Private Colleges   MORE »

What's New
On Campus?

A fresh look for Decker, outdoor seating and more.

Rebekah James in the lab working on an Ebola vaccine.

FIRST JOB: Ebola Vaccine Researcher

Biology Major Works
To Help Save Lives

In the midst of history’s largest and deadliest Ebola virus outbreak, Rebekah James ’13 is on the frontlines of research to prevent future epidemics of the hemorrhagic fever. At the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md., she runs flow cytometry, ELISAs, and other assays – some of which she first learned in Eaton Hall as an undergraduate – all with the goal to contribute to a vaccine for the virus. Most often, James works with non-deadly irradiated forms of the Ebola virus, although occasionally she dons protective gear to work with live viruses.

“The work we do is extremely rewarding because we are discovering new things about the virus which will eventually help save lives,” she says.

Illustration of the silhouette of a head filled with turning gears.

Answers for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Evening symposium Sept. 29 offers resources for adults “sandwiched” between caring for aging parents and children.



January Term undergraduate registration
September 22, 2014, 12:00 am
Author Talk: Lisa Van Allen at Hoover Library
September 22, 2014, 7:00 pm
Asian Invasion at Englar Dining Hall
September 23, 2014, 4:45 pm
Sister Outsider Poetry
September 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
September 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
S'MORE BBQ FUN at Englar Dining Hall
September 25, 2014, 4:45 pm
Contrast Literary Magazine First Workshop
September 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
Families Weekend
September 26, 2014, 12:00 am
"Buried Child" at WMC Alumni Hall
October 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
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