Academics

Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Spring 2016

Values, Ideas and the Arts presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure and intellectual enrichment. Academic credit is earned through attendance.

Values, Ideas and Arts offers speakers, musical and dramatic performers, and gifted persons -- from within the University community and the wider world.

Students are required to arrive on time and remain for the entire program to receive VIA credit. Events last approximately one hour unless noted otherwise.

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Spring 2016

Be sure to check this schedule often for new VIA events and fuller descriptions that will be added.



Thursday, Jan. 28
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Learning from the Life and Teaching of Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony commemorates King's 1968 visit to Manchester and invites students to see themselves as part of an ongoing project, linking higher education to a principled and productive life. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., who was a friend and colleague of King, was the speaker. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Peace Studies Institute.



Monday, Feb. 1
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center
Let's Talk About It: Communication, Consent & Sex

This #LetsTalkAboutItMU program addresses the kinds of communications that must happen in order for there to be consent for sexual activity. Presented by the MU Title IX team, the goal is for students to gain more comfort in expressing their boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others.



Spring Convocation
Tuesday, Feb. 9
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
“Ask Me”

President Dave McFadden will use “Ask Me”  – a poem by the late William Stafford, who once taught at Manchester and was United States poet laureate in 1970 – as a framework for the discussion. Using videos and panelists from the MU community, he will explore how we can learn from respectful exploration of our differences.



Thursday, Feb. 11
7-8:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center,
upper level
Tested: A documentary

Each year, thousands of eighth- and ninth-graders compete to secure coveted spots at elite New York City schools by taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. While African-American and Latino youth constitute 70 percent of the city's total public school population, fewer than 5 percent get in. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund challenged the admission policy's sole reliance on the SHSAT. This documentary follows students trying to pass the test and explores related social-justice issues. It is 72 minutes, plus a Q&A with director Curtis Chin.



Thursday, Feb. 18
7-8:30 p.m.
PERC, Stauffer-Wolfe Arena
Cultural T.A.C. – Tolerance, Acceptance, Celebration

A former college athlete, Jada Monica Drew of Social Designs will challenge students to conceptualize how diversity is perceived and what diversity really is. Participants will learn the differences between tolerating, accepting and celebrating diverse cultures in a global context.



Tuesday, Feb. 23
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Imagining Our Lives

We are living in a time of tremendous advances in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. But this process of change is uneven: In some places LGBT people have more civil rights than ever before; in others the progress is being rolled back. Both support and homophobia are on the upswing. The program by educator, author and activist Robyn Ochs includes words of encouragement for these challenging times.



Literary Film Series
Wednesday, March 2
7-9:45 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
The Help

Adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s same-named novel, the film follows a young white journalist in her efforts to write a book on racism as experienced by two African-American maids working for white families during the Civil Rights era. The film (2.5 hours long) is followed by discussion that needs to be attended in order to receive VIA credit. 



Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, March 6
3-4:30 p.m.

Cordier Auditorium
Chamber Works Gala

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra Chamber Works Gala will be its first full chamber works concert in nearly a decade. The symphony will perform the world premiere of “Vanishing Point” composed by Tim Reed, an associate professor of music at Manchester and award-winning composer. The concert will also feature the narrated children’s tale “Crumpet the Trumpet” by Kristine Papillon, a violinist for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. General admission is $10. It is free for students 18 and younger, as well as Manchester University students, faculty and staff.




Monday, March 7
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Iran and the United States: From Where, to Where?

There have been serious conflicts and stressful negotiations between Iran and the United States. Wallace and Evelyn Shellenberger, who lived and studied in Iran for four years, have published a firsthand narrative, “Welcome to Iran!” that challenges stereotypes we may have. They will offer multiple perspectives and prospects for Iran’s future based on their personal experiences and recent peaceful negotiations between the two nations. 



Senior Series
Tuesday, March 15
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
What is your brand?

Tiana Maclin, senior management and marketing major, will challenge students to question their own personal branding identity. She will explore and guide students on digital marketing and presentation tactics to create a strong personal image for employers and networking opportunities.




Tuesday, March 29
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
The Shaping of a Peacemaker by Kelley Brenneman '14

Andrew Cordier graduated from Manchester in 1922 and returned to teach history for a number of years before he was recruited by the State Department, where he was involved in drafting the charter for the United Nations. While at Manchester, he began a friendship with history professor V.F. Schwalm that would span more than 50 years. Materials from the University Archives, including letters Cordier wrote to Schwalm, provided the foundation for this presentation, which began as a senior thesis and found a wider audience in the Brethren publication Brethren Life and Thought.



Literary Film Series
Tuesday, April 5
7-9:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Beasts of No Nation
The film (137 minutes) follows the horrific experiences of Agu, a young boy, forced to either die or join the rebel forces raging a civil war in an unnamed country in West Africa. Becoming part of a mercenary unit led by the sadistic commandant, Agu is robbed of his innocence, leaving him to question what it means to be "good" while executing one's “duty.”  The post-screening discussion must be attended to receive VIA credit. 



Thursday, April 14
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
#MUStrong: Responding to Trauma as Individuals and as a Community
This program will provide both a vocabulary and a conceptual framework to understand how experiences of trauma affect us as individuals and as a community. These tools can be helpful not only for addressing our own mental health, but also for assisting each other recognize and treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Faculty members will provide a concise overview of aspects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Health Services will provide materials at a table after the event.



Tuesday, April 19
3:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium
Jesus, God, and Imperial Violence
Presenter is scholar and best-selling author John Dominic Crossan: In the Gospel Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a Peace-Donkey but returns in Revelation on      a War-Horse. Is the historical Jesus for or against imperial violence or only against Roman — because pagan — imperial violence but not against Christian imperial violence? Was both the Kingdom of God as an earthly program and the God of Jesus as a heavenly model alike committed to non-violent resistance to violence?



Wednesday, April 20
7 p.m. Cordier Auditorium
The Life of Jesus
Presenter is scholar and best-selling author John Dominic Crossan: Why did Jesus happen when He happened? Why then, why there? Why did two movements, the Baptism Movement of John and the Kingdom Movement of Jesus arise in the territories of Herod Antipas in the 20 CE? Since Antipas had already ruled quietly for about 25 years, what did He do then that aroused their opposition? Why is there so much “fishy” stuff in the Gospels? 



Tuesday, April 26
3:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium
Faith in the age of Ferguson: #BlackLivesMatter, nonviolence, and the future of American democracy
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is a prominent activist, author and theologian who has helped train thousands in nonviolent civil disobedience. He has been a central figure in the mobilizations in Ferguson, Mo., over the past year. He is currently the inaugural Bayard Rustin Fellow for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of the oldest and most storied peace and nonviolence organizations in the country. He is a sought-after public speaker – his last three lectures of 2015 were standing-room only. This is your chance to get up close and personal with a true leader of the new civil rights movement.



Thursday, April 28
7 p.m. (note time change) Cordier Auditorium
The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture by Kate Harding
Kate Harding, author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What we Can Do About It,will explore issues addressed in her book. She will speak about rape culture, sexual assault, victim-blaming, accountability for perpetrators, and what we can do to eliminate assault as a relevant issue for college campuses. 



Tuesday, May 3
3:30-5 p.m. Cordier Auditorium
Otho Winger Experience
Faculty, staff and students will come together to perform a musical experience to offer a wide range of musical styles from punk to prog to power pop. The concert also provides students with an opportunity to see a side of their professors that is rarely seen in the classroom.



Thursday, May 5
7 p.m. Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Philanthropy: You Could Be Me
Manchester alumni will form a panel with graduates from three distinct generations. There will also be a representative from the Chetcess Council, which is the 2016 Senior Class Gift committee.  Hearing each generation’s stories of why they chose to make Manchester a philanthropic priority in their life will show students how giving of their time, talent and treasure can be part of their life journey.