Ricardo Cate and friends

Ricardo Cate will talk about his cartoon, "Without Reservations," in a Brown Bag Discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Zimmerman Library Room 226. He will also talk about this work from 3 – 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Fiesta rooms A & B on the same day.

Cate has drawn the cartoon for the Santa Fe New Mexican since 2006.  He's a teacher, father, stand-up comic and keeper of his Kewa Pueblo heritage.  Cate looks beneath the surface of life, imagining a world in which wild animals are the schemers and the predators and hapless humans are the prey.

He has the audacity to ask: what if the world were flat? The answer is disarmingly simple in Cate's mind. His cartoon pictures Columbus sailing right over the edge, and readers get the idea that's not necessarily a bad thing. The wit, sting and wisdom of "Without Reservations" reminds us we're alive and the world is sometimes a funny place.

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu