A UC Irvine history professor will be honored with a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama next week, the White House announced Thursday. Vicki Ruiz, who teaches Chicano/Latino studies at the university, will be among 10 honorees from universities across the nation accepting the medal from Obama during a Thursday ceremony. “We couldn’t be prouder of our very deserving Professor Vicki Ruiz,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman.“

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