Rick A. Ruth

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Senior Advisor, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

BA (1971), Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; MA (1973)

Photo:  Tashkorgan, along the Old Silk Road in China (August 2011)

The UofA gave me specific skills, but it also taught me that content is useless without context. Whatever our particular expertise, and regardless of how accomplished we may be, we need the humanities, the liberal arts, to help us understand where we fit in life and to give our

life and work meaning and value. My professors never forgot that, and neither shall I.