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One of the world’s foremost documentary photographers, Colin Finlay, will present “Our Environment, Our World,” a dynamic arrangement of photo essays that visually represent ten years of his work on the environment. The talk, part of the James and Emily Douthat Distinguished Lectureship Series, is slated for Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College campus, and is open to the public.
For almost thirty years, Finlay has documented the human condition with compassion, empathy and dignity. He has covered war and conflict, disappearing traditions, the environment in both its glory and its devastation, genocide, famine, religious pilgrimage and global cultures. As young scholars at a college rooted in the liberal arts, Lycoming students seek to be exposed to the breadth of human knowledge, and Finlay’s collection of photographs, music and the written word promises to bring them an evening of discovery.
“We feel fortunate to have Colin Finlay on our campus to share his latest project with our students — a generation that is passionate about the environment and driven to address one of its greatest challenges,” said Barbara Beudel, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and president of the Lycoming chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. “He is one of many thought-provoking figures brought to campus for the Douthat Lecture Series, and we will continue to seek out individuals and experiences that help to enrich the learning of our students.”
Finlay has been awarded the prestigious Picture of the Year International six times. His work has also been honored by New York Art Directors, Applied Arts, International Center for Photography, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lucie Award/IPA and Photo District News (PDN). His photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Time, Wired, U.S. News and World Report and recognized by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, American Photo, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Asia Week, World Health Organization and UNICEF. Finlay’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA and MOCA.
The lecture is sponsored by the James and Emily Douthat Distinguished Lectureship Series in the liberal arts and sciences, named for James Douthat, former president of Lycoming College, and his wife Emily, for their years of service to the College. The annual lecture, which is not field specific, attracts top scholarly guest speakers to the College. Lycoming’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for all academic disciplines, organizes the lectureship.