Virtual Event | James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture in US History with Tara Dudley

The Florida State University Department of History is pleased to announce architectural historian and University of Texas at Austin assistant professor Tara Dudley will deliver the 2024 James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture. Dudley will present “Building the Nation: Enslaved and Free Architects, Builders, and Artisans,” Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. in Room 404 of the Bellamy Building. Attendees may also join via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend via Zoom.


From New Orleans’ antebellum free people of color community to freedmen builders and craftsmen in Texas, Dudley will highlight her research and scholarship on African American architects and “nontraditional” contributors’ influences on American architecture. Dudley, who teaches interior design history and architectural history courses at UToA, will consider these contributors’ displacement from architectural history pedagogy, historiography, and from the practice of historic preservation while discussing the resulting impact on both the current state of the field of architectural history and her own personal academic interests and professional career. 


The James P. Jones Distinguished Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Jim Jones, beloved teacher and scholar in the FSU Department of History for 57 years.