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The Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture is a major initiative established by the University for the interdisciplinary study of the Mediterranean. It brings together faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to study the ways in which the sea has served over time as a medium of contact, exchange, and interaction. Taking a networked approach to historical and cultural inquiry, the group works collaboratively to articulate and implement new ways of thinking about the transnational and transcultural dynamics of historical processes in the region. This approach brings essential research to bear upon the Mediterranean as a region whose interconnected histories and cultures are especially relevant for understanding global relations in the world today.