After our Library Lunch Hour, join us that evening for the first of several events in partnership with this year’s Borimix Festival which is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the City of San Juan. Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 @ 6 PM EST, we will host the BORIMIX Afternoon Tertulia – Ricardo Alegría Revisited. Ricardo Alegría was a key figure in the rescue of the historic-colonial complex of Old San Juan. His two biographers, Carmen Dolores Hernández and Pedro Reina will talk for the first time about his historical impact and revisit his legacy from the critical vantage point of the present. Journalist Ana Teresa Toro will be the moderator. You can RSVP here!
Catch us the following week on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 @ 6 PM EST, for another BORIMIX Afternoon Tertulia – San Juan: A City on Both Sides of the Wall. The State Office of Historic Preservation of Puerto Rico will present its efforts in the commemorative context of the 500 years of the founding of San Juan. We will discuss the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places of both the tourist-oriented Old San Juan and its surrounding working class community of Puerta de Tierra. You can RSVP here
If you can’t meet us for lunch, join us that evening on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 @ 6 PM EST for our BORIMIX Afternoon Tertulía – San Juan Queer. San Juan has been a meeting space for the LGBT + communities, both locals and tourists, for decades. In this Tertulía, CENTRO’s Associate Researcher, Dr. Celiany Rivera Velázquez, will be in dialogue with Dr. Javier E. Laureano, author of San Juan Gay: Conquista de un Espacio Urbano de 1948 a 1991, about the queer evolution in the urban space of the capital city. You can RSVP here!
End your November with us on Tuesday, November 30th @ 6 PM EST for our final BORIMIX Afternoon Tertulia – The Third Foundation of San Juan. 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. You can RSVP here!