James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture Series

Historian and author Pamela Grundy delivers FSU’s 2022 James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture in American History

The Department of History at Florida State University is pleased to announce historian and author Pamela Grundy will deliver the 2022 James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture in American History. Grundy will present, “Strong and Fearless: The WNBA and the Fight for Racial Justice,” which explores how American athletes have once again begun to take stands for racial justice and how female basketball players have led the way, at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 31, via Zoom.

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The James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Jim Jones, beloved teacher and scholar in the FSU History Department for 57 years. The series brings a prominent historian of the United States to campus each year to lecture and work with students and faculty. The lectures are open to the public, and those interested are invited to email Dr. Katherine Mooney at as-history@fsu.edu to be put on our mailing list.

Previous lecturers include:

  • 2021 Professor Ryan André Brasseaux (Yale) “Louisiana Saturday Night: Representing Cajun Music in America after World War II”
  • 2020 Professor Kathryn Olivarius (Stanford) “Necropolis: Disease, Power, and Capitalism in the Cotton Kingdom”
  • 2019 Professor Ari Kelman (University of California Davis) “From Manassas to Mankato: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars”
  • 2018 Professor Elizabeth R. Varon (University of Virginia) “Joseph T. Wilson’s The Black Phalanx: African American Soldiers and Civil War Memory”
  • 2017 Professor David W. Blight (Yale) “Writing Frederick Douglass’s Life: Why and Why Now?”
  • 2016 Professor Jane Kamensky (Harvard) “John Singleton Copley and the Art of War”
  • 2015 Professor Brian DeLay (University of California Berkeley) "Dam Breaking: Mercantilism, Armaments, and the Demolition of Europe's America"
  • 2014 Professor Philip D. Morgan (Johns Hopkins) "Caribbean Slavery"

We are honored to archive the memories of some of Jim's thousands of students, colleagues, and friends. Please visit our memorial page to enjoy these pictures, videos, and stories and to submit your own.