Columnist to speak at CMU

Ruben Navarrette — a columnist, pundit and author — is scheduled to speak at a free public lecture at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

The lecture is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Love Recital Hall as part of a Constitution Day observance at CMU. Seating at the lecture will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Navarrette also will spend time with students and faculty while at CMU

One of the most widely read Latino authors and pundits, Navarrette’s work regularly appears in about 150 newspapers in the United States. He contributes to USA Today and the Washington Post. He’s also contributed to the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Hispanic magazine, Latino magazine, Texas monthly and Wall Street Journal.

Navarrette has served as a panelist on the Public Broadcasting Service All-American Presidential Forum and as a commentator on National Public Radio. As a radio talent, Navarrette has hosted shows in Dallas, Fresno, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego. He’s also served as a guest host for the nationally syndicated “Michael Medved Show.”

A graduate of Harvard College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Navarrette wrote “A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano.” He’s also a contributor to “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul” and “Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul.”

He judged the competition for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2013 and 2014 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2012.

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It’s observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.