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national humanities medal

FSU history alum (and current American Historical Association president) Vicki Ruiz is among the recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, the White House announced on Friday. Her National Endowment for the Humanities profile opens with this anecdote: "As a transfer student at Florida State University in the mid 1970s, Vicki Ruiz did not think she’d be on the vanguard of creating the field of Chicana/Chicano studies in the United States. She just wanted to be a school teacher, a career her mother always encouraged her to pursue. So when Jean Gould Bryant, then an assistant professor in history, asked Ruiz if she’d ever considered graduate school, Ruiz demurred. “I said, ‘Hmm, graduate school. That’s for rich people. That’s for smart people. I’m neither,’” Ruiz says. But Bryant convinced her that she was smart enough and could get a fellowship." May we continue to do this work. Congratulations, Professor Ruiz!

Elaine Carey

Elaine Carey, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at St. John's University in Queens, New York, returns to FSU on Wednesday, October 7 to lecture on “Doing Drugs in the Archives: Fictions, Facts, and Histories of Women Drug Traffickers” at 5:00PM in Strozier Library’s Scholars Commons, Room 5. Professor Carey holds the Lloyd Sealy Research Fellowship at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Currently, she is the Vice President for the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association (AHA), and she is active in the AHA’s Tuning Project. She is the author of Plaza of Sacrifices: Gender, Power, and Terror in 1968 Mexico (2005) and the award winning Women Drug Traffickers: Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime (2014). She also co-editor with Andrae Marak of Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Transnational Flows of Contraband and Vice in North America (2011) and editor of the forthcoming Protests in the Streets: 1968 Across the Globe (2016). Professor Carey received her BA and MA from FSU and her PhD from the University of New Mexico.

Race Horse Men

Prof. Katherine Mooney's book Racehorse Men: How Slavery and Freedom were made at the Racetrack has received honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize of the Organizational of American Historians. The prize is awarded to the best first book in the field of American history. Congratulations!