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Vicki Ruiz, Professor and Author

“Humanities is an appreciation and understanding of the past, particularly in a global society.”

Recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medalist for her contribution as a historian, Ruiz is an author and Distinguished Professor of history and Chair of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine. In 2012, she became the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is currently president-elect of the American Historical Association.