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    The Third Foundation of San Juan

    November 30, 2021
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    7:00 - 8:00 pm (Puerto Rico AST)
    Virtual Event

    Historian Aníbal Sepúlveda Rivera argues that San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, has been re-founded twice. There is the first well-known re-foundation of 1521, when the capital was moved from a mosquito-infested swamp unto the islet it currently occupies; but there was a second re-foundation that happened around the late 1940’s, when the capital first experienced an almost uncontrolled suburban expansion. This happened during the aggressive industrialization of the island in the post-war years; it is also when the diaspora to the United States, particularly in New York City, grew massively. This conversation between Anibal Sepúlveda and curator Monxo López will investigate this curious argument.

     

     

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    Monxo López is a researcher, curator, educator, and South Bronx-based environmental and urban justice activist. He is currently a Mellon Foundation fellow at the curatorial department of the Museum of the City of New York, where he has co-curated the shows Who We Are: Visualizing New York by the Numbers, and New York Responds: The First Six Months. His exhibition Puppets of New York, is now on view until April 2022 at MCNY.

    Monxo is also a founding member of South Bronx Unite (a local urban and environmental justice organization), founding member and board member of the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards, the local Community Land Trust. He also currently serves as a board member of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust in the Lower East Side.

    He holds a Ph.D. in political science from CUNY’s Graduate Center, and an MA from Université Laval in Québec, Canada. His academic research revolves around spatiality, mapping, social justice, political theory, and Latino communities. Monxo’s political writings on spatial and social justice have been published in Salon.com, LatinoRebels, and NACLA, among other media outlets; and my activist work has been profiled by The New York Times, UrbanOmnibus, and Corriere della Sera.

     

    Dr. Aníbal Sepúlveda Rivera is a historian, author, and retired professor at the Graduate School of Planning at the University of Puerto Rico. He has multiple publications including “Acueducto: Historia del Agua en San Juan” and “Historia Ilustrada de su Desarrollo Urbano (San Juan)”. Dr. Aníbal Sepúlveda Rivera studied in the University of Puerto Rico where he received his bachelor’s degree and then completed his doctorate in Cornell University in New York.

     

     

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    Forceful Females:
    Leading Artists from the Centro Archives

    This webinar examines the careers and accomplishments of Genoveva de Arteaga (1898-1991), Anita Vélez-Mitchell (1916-2015) and Tina Ramírez (b.1928) –three remarkable Puerto Rican artists that made important contributions in the fields of music, dance, theater and literature. This presentation, and its companion Centro digital exhibit, aim to bring visibility to the artistic and intellectual endeavors of these remarkable Puerto Rican women. The presenters will reflect on how the dynamics of gender and identity play an important part in the representation of women in Puerto Rican history. The webinar will also discuss how archival research and materials from Centro Collections enable a dialogue that recognizes the contributions of women artists and their inclusion in the master narratives of history.

    Author: Dr. Noraliz Ruiz, Ethnomusicologist and member of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

    Commentator: Dr. Noel Allende Goitía, Independent Scholar and Researcher, and Associate Fellow in the Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

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    Dr. Noraliz Ruiz,, Ethnomusicologist and member of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico 

    Noraliz Ruiz holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology-Musicology from Kent State University. Her research focuses on the Puerto Rican lutes: cuatro, tiple and bordonúa; particularly in the continuity and change of the instruments’ tradition and performance practice. She has also conducted research about underground music scenes in Puerto Rico and the production of indie pop, electronic and new music on the island. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the popular music program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Noraliz is a member of the electronic indie band Balún, a co-founder of the children’s music group Acopladitos and an associate researcher of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico.   Contact: [email protected]

    Dr. Noel Allende Goitía, Independent Scholar and Researcher, and Associate Fellow in the Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

    Noel Allende-Goitía is an independent scholar and researcher. At the Metropolitan Campus of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, he coordinated the Puerto Rican Music Studies and Research Center and the music graduate program. He has a B.M. in Voice from the Music Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and an M.A. in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He made a postgraduate study in Musicology at the Center of Studies and Development on Cuban Music (1992), in Cuba, with Zoila Gómez and graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph. D. in Music with a major in composition and a minor in ethnomusicology and a researcher fellow at the African Diaspora Research Project under the leadership of the late Dr. Ruth S. Hamilton. Allende-Goitía has published books in Puerto Rico music’s social and cultural history, music instruction and music historiography. His works in Music/Culture Social History have been presented at national and international conferences in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Spain, the United States, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Ghana.  Contact:  [email protected]

     

    More on Anita Vélez Mitchell:

    Website of the award-winning musical, “Temple of the Souls” 

    https://www.templeofthesouls.com/

    Poetry book written by Anita Vélez-Mitchell, her daughter Gloria Vando, and granddaughter Anika, Woven Voices. 

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet-books/2012/04/woven-voices

    Documentary film featuring Anita by filmmaker Claire Panke

    https://lightyearsfilm.com/

     

     

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 5:00 PM EST | 4:00 PM CST

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