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Where are they now? Mark Wyman

Mark Wyman

Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus Mark Wyman.

When the phone rang in 1971 and ISU History Chair Earl Reitan offered me a job, I spoke out in a voice that probably could have traveled from Seattle to Normal without telephone lines: “Yes—I accept!” And that began my 33 years of teaching history at the University.

I had some familiarity with the place already: My parents met at ISNU in the late 1920s and married in 1930.

The department was very welcoming, something my wife, Eva, and I appreciated. Everyone helped this newly hatched University of Washington Ph.D. feel at home.

I started teaching U.S. History Survey and Labor History. I had promoted myself as a labor historian on the basis of having been labor reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune before entering grad school. My dissertation was on Western hard-rock miners.

The early years were difficult. I took energy from the students, and still have occasional contact with some of them. Others live on in memory for the research they did. I was given new enthusiasm as I saw students researching, probing, working hard at their writing and interpretations. It is said that historians “wring meaning from facts,” and my students certainly did.

I consider myself blessed to have been a Distinguished Professor, and to have authored the University’s history in the book The Fourteenth Decade: 1987-1997. Raising a family of three children in Normal has been the best thing that could have happened to Dan, Ruth, and Miriam, as well as to me and Eva.

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Hopefully you will remember me from the contact we had when I was working on my book: "Waiting to be Heard. The Polish Christian experience under Nazi and Stalinist Oppression, 1939-55."

I will be teaching an online class this summer on the impact of war on society and am planning to have a module on post-war refugees and resettlement.

The challenge is that the course is 7 weeks in duration and so I am having to rely on assigning articles as opposed to books. I was wondering if any of the material from your book "DPs, Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-51," is available in article form, particularly online?

Hope all is well, and many thanks in advance for your assistance.

Best regards,

Bogusia Wojciechowska