Former president of New York University John Brademas felt that the school had a lack of awareness of Spain and Latin America in the media and academia. In 1983, Brademas began a campaign centered around increasing the awareness of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at NYU, and announced his intention to create a center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of modern Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.
The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center was inaugurated in 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain and the then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the KJC promotes research, teaching and dialogue about Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. The building that houses the KJCC, 53 Washington Square South, was designed by famed architect and designer of the Washington Square Arch, Stanford White. This brief informational video uses historical footage and an interview with the Center’s Associate Director, Laura Turégano, to give a sense of the range of activities undertaken by the KJC.
To see KJC website, including calendar of cultural events, click here.