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CMU Constitution Day to Feature National Thought Leader

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University (CMU) will host nationally-renowned thinker and columnist Ruben Navarrette whose civic observations frequent the editorial section of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and approximately 150 additional U.S. newspapers. One of the nation’s most widely read Latino authors and pundits, Navarrette will travel to Colorado Mesa University promoting CMU’s Constitution Day. CMU is providing the public a complementary guest lecture by Navarrette on September 17 at 6pm in the Love Recital Hall. The community lecture is made possible by the Bill and Mai Robinson endowed lecture series. 

Navarrette is a contributor to USA Today, Fox News and The Washington Post. According to his official bio, Navarrette has served as a panelist on the PBS’ All-American Presidential Forum and has been a commentator on National Public Radio. As a radio talent, Navarrette hosted radio shows in Phoenix, Dallas, San Diego, Fresno and Los Angeles serving as a guest host for the nationally syndicated “The Michael Medved Show.” Navarrette has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Chicago Tribune, Texas Monthly, Hispanic magazine, Latino magazine, PODER Magazine, VOXXI.COM, TIME.COM, Encyclopedia Britannica and other publications.

A graduate of Harvard College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, he is the author of A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano (Bantam, 1993). He’s also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. He judged the contest for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2013 and 2014, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary by the Washington Post Writers Group in 2012. 

In addition to a public lecture, Navarrette will spend time with students and faculty while at CMU. 

Seating at the public lecture will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave individuals on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.