BoriMix Afternoon Tertulia
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.




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, 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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