Brian Linn to present history lecture Oct. 14 History Professor Brian M. Linn of Texas A&M University will present the Herbert S. Schell Annual Lecture in American History at The University of South Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 14. His lecture, entitled "Prelude to Pearl Harbor: The United States Army in the Pacific," will begin at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main.
Linn, who is affiliated with the U.S. Army War College as the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History, is one of the preeminent scholars in his field. He has lectured or taught at the U.S. Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, the U.S. Military Academy, King's College (University of London), the Centre for War Studies (University of Glasgow), the Centre for Military History (University of Leeds), the National War College, the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Hoover Institution (Stanford University), the Institute for Defense Analysis, the U.S. Marine Corps Staff College, Yale University, Columbia University, the Joint U.S. Army-Air Force Center for Low-Intensity Conflict, and the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center. Linn earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and received his doctoral degree (PH.D.) from the Ohio State University.
An award-winning writer, Professor Linn has written three books including The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899-1902 (1989), Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific 1902-1940 (1997) and The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (1999). Guardians of Empire, from which much of his lecture is drawn, has won several important awards, including the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Prize and the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award. The book was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1997 and was honored as a History Book Club selection. He has written more than a dozen articles and book chapters on American military history.