About Us

The Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs educates students and the community about the history, culture, politics, economics, and international relations of Spain and the broader Mediterranean, and highlights the continuing importance of this dynamic region. The initiative also explores the unique synergies that exist between Spain and the Americas, both historically, as well as through contemporary social, economic and political forces.

The Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program honors five centuries of Spanish cultural influence in the United States and the Americas. The U.S. is rediscovering its Hispanic past and is also currently experiencing a growing Hispanic political, cultural and economic clout. Our geographic location and large Spanish-speaking community provides FIU with unique opportunities to increase the strength, visibility, and significance of Spanish culture and heritage in a predominantly Hispanic-serving institution.

Objectives and Goals:

  • To disseminate and promote knowledge of Spain and the Mediterranean from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • To highlight the connections of Spain and the Mediterranean to Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To provide a forum for the intellectual engagement of academics, artists, policy-makers, and business leaders from the United States, Spain and the Mediterranean.
  • To establish an interdisciplinary endowed chair to promote the goals of the center.
  • To expand the library and documentary resources available to researchers at FIU through agreements with libraries and archives in Spain.
  • To offer interdisciplinary postgraduate courses on Spain and its relationship with Europe and the Americas.