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Georgia Southern presents ‘Our Lost Years’ screening, Q&A at annual Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture on Sept. 26

Lane Nishikawa
Lane Nishikawa, director and producer of the documentary, “Our Lost Years”

Georgia Southern University’s 2019 Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture on Sept. 26 will feature a screening of “Our Lost Years,” a documentary about the living survivors of the Japanese internment camps, followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the director and producer of the film, Lane Nishikawa. The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Humanities, will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the Armstrong Center Auditorium on the Armstrong Campus, and is free and open to the public.

“My new documentary film, ‘Our Lost Years,’ examines the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II and the 10-year fight for redress and reparations,” said Nishikawa. “I have toured my plays and films to over 75 cities across the United States, Canada and Europe, and this will be my first trip to the deep southern part of the country.”

Nishikawa has been in the film, television and theatrical industries for more than 35 years and currently sits on the advisory board of the San Diego Japanese Americans Citizens League. Previously, he served on the advisory boards of the Pacific Arts Movement and the Go For Broke National Educational Foundation.

The Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture series was established to honor Finlay, former assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of history at Armstrong State University, and his deep interest in sharing history to improve the condition of humankind. Finlay felt strongly that Southeast Georgia could benefit from introducing academic and artistic perspectives that exceed its rural parameters.

Thanks to the generous donations of his family, friends and colleagues, the lecture series has taken place annually since his passing in 2013.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit

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