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An Interview with Sara Evans

Dear Friend of the Department of History,

Diane R. WaltersAs we began preparations for our campaign to fund an endowed chair in comparative women’s history, we spoke with Sara Evans, Regents Professor of History and first professor of women’s history at the U of M. Sara, a distinguished national leader in the field of women’s history, has been a crucial voice in changing the landscape for women at the U and in history books. An excerpt from our conversation appears on this page.

If you are as inspired as we are by Sara’s remarks and would like to contribute to or learn more about the Chair in Comparative Women’s History, please feel free to contact Eva Widder at 612-626-5146 or

Best regards,
Diane R. Walters

In Memoriam

by Kate Tyler

Many Paths Taken: David Good

No one’s eyebrows shot up more than David Good’s when the University of Minnesota tapped him to direct its Center for Austrian Studies (CAS). With his dossier trumpeting an M.B.A. in finance as well as an interdisciplinary history Ph.D., Good believed he’d be an unlikely choice to helm a center devoted heavily to Austrian historical and cultural studies.

by Kate Tyler

New Faculty

Smart Skeptic: Mary McCarthy

From the aisles of a 747 to the halls of academia to the upper echelons of U.S. foreign policymaking, Mary O’Neil McCarthy has found many ways to live out her girlhood
desire to “see the world.”

by Kate Tyler

Connecting with History: R.J. Devick

Even in his office, RJ Devick’s bookshelf gives him away. Tucked among the financial planner’s many volumes on estate planning and tax strategies are books on the American Revolution and the Roaring Twenties, a photographic history of China, and biographies of historical figures ranging from Thomas Jefferson to Albert Einstein to Winston Churchill.

by Kate Tyler

The Politics of Taconite

All in the Family

To be Theofanis Stavrou’s student is to join the Stavrou family. Professor Stavrou makes his south Minneapolis home a biweekly classroom.

by Jessica Breed



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