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Fall High Noon lecture series begins Oct. 11

The USS Missouri battleship, the site of the treaty signing that ended WWII between the U.S. and Japan, is now berthed in Pearl Harbor. (Image/iStock)

Jim Leavell, Herring Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at Furman University, will kick off the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, October 11 when he gives a talk about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Jim Leavell is the Herring Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at Furman.

“Pearl Harbor: What Were the Japanese Thinking?” begins at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. It is free and open to the public.

Leavell’s talk is the first of four lectures in the fall series.  The other Furman speakers are Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Brannon Andersen (October 18), Politics and International Affairs Professor Brent Nelsen (October 25) and Communication Studies professors John Armstrong and Brandon Inabinet (November 1).

Leavell will explain why the Japanese opened the Pacific War by attacking Pearl Harbor, and what inspired them to launch such a dramatic move.  He will also look at the role economic sanctions played in the event, and what mistakes were made by the Japanese as well as the Americans.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area. The complete fall schedule is available here.

For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-3107 or

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