Academics

Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Fall 2016

Values, Ideas and the Arts presentations enhance the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment. VIA features speakers, musicians and dramatic performers from the University community, across the country and around the globe. Manchester students earn academic credit through attendance. Members of the University community and the public are also invited to attend all VIA events. All events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

The goals of the VIA program are to:

  • broaden students' cultural experiences,
  • enrich students intellectually and aesthetically,
  • provide opportunities to experience the arts,
  • promote dialogue about ideas and values, and
  • embody in its programs the values expressed in the University Mission.

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.


Fall 2016

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



Tuesday, Aug. 30
3 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFaddenSelf and Best Self 
Opening Convocation by President Dave McFadden.



Literary Film Series
Sunday, Sept. 11

7-8:45 p.m. (1 hour 28 minutes, plus discussion)
Cordier Auditorium
MalalaHe Named Me Malala
Documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by gunfire at age 15 on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The attack sparked worldwide support for her cause, and Malala is now a global campaigner for girls’ education.



Monday, Sept. 19
7-8:30 p.m. (including Q&A)
Cordier Auditorium
Robert Hackenson Jr.Sober Thoughts
Robert Hackenson Jr., a professional college speaker, will focus on how to see through common college misperceptions about alcohol and drugs and make positive life choices. His “edutainment” infuses magic and hypnosis skits.



Thursday, Sept. 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Ted SwartzLaughter is a Sacred Space
Ted Swartz of Ted & Co. lost his friend and business partner to suicide in 2007. He created this vulnerable and resonant play to help spread awareness and aid those who struggle. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.



Senior Series
Tuesday, Sept. 27

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
KlemmApraxia of Speech — The Fight for Words
Presentation by MU English senior Jessica Klemm on the challenges of a lifelong speech disorder, therapy and educational provisions. 



MU Debates!
New date: Wednesday, Sept. 28

7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
MU Debates!How Should We Fix a Broken Political System?
Faculty members Leonard Williams, Justin Lasser, Heather Schilling and Christer Watson in an Oxford-style debate. The two teams will debate this proposition: The United States needs to change its Constitution more than it needs a new president.



Tuesday, Oct. 4
7-8:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
GilbertNight in Gaza
Dr. Mads Gilbert is a doctor of emergency medicine who has worked in Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians since the early 1980s. He was sent by the Norwegian Aid Committee to provide humanitarian assistance during Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2008 and again in 2014, during which 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.  Gilbert will discuss his experiences as a “political doctor” who has been on the front lines of war and is obligated to share the stories of its victims.



Hot Topics!
Sunday, October 9

7-8:15 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Eddie Moore Jr.The N!gga(er) Word: Is There a Message in the Madness?
Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the National White Privilege Conference, explores issues surrounding the n-word. Who’s allowed to say it? What do we do in classrooms, hallways, courtyards and cafeterias when it’s said? 




Wednesday, Oct. 12
7 p.m. 
New location: Cordier Auditorium

Jordan ReddingBike and Build
MU Assistant Athletic Trainer Jordan Redding ’13 rode her bike across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for affordable housing with a nonprofit organization, Bike and Build. Along the way, they stopped to help build homes with affordable housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and Youth Build.




Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, Oct. 23

3-5 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Photo by Roy CoxBarber and Ellington
The program will feature Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. The guest artist will perform an important 20th century work, Knoxville Summer of 1915, by Samuel Barber, and Duke Ellington jazz standards from her new album. 



Tuesday, Oct. 25
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
DyerClimate Wars
Gwynne Dyer, military historian, Middle East specialist and award-winning journalist, will speak about the implications of large-scale climate change on international relations and armed conflict. Drawing upon interviews with scientists, policy makers and military strategists from many countries, Dyer will describe the increased likelihood of wars over dwindling natural resources and ways we might act to counter this global crisis.



Sunday, Nov. 6
4 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Nelson MandelaThe Peacemakers
Outstanding choral ensembles from northeast Indiana – Fort Wayne, Wabash and North Manchester – are coming together to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers. The work draws texts from international peacemakers including Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank and Gandhi.



Friday, Nov. 18
7-8:15 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
International Fair 2016The World from A-Z
This MU tradition showcases clothing and fashion from around the world. Students, particularly international students, get an opportunity to share elements of their native countries' culture, including clothes, dance and music.



Monday, Nov. 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
13TH13TH
Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and it is about race and the U.S. criminal justice system. The film is 1 hour and 40 minutes, followed by discussion.



Literary Film Series
Thursday, Dec. 1

7-9 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Dame Judi DenchPhilomena

Philomena had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Decades later, she travels from Ireland to America with a former journalist, and both find their basic beliefs challenged. Film is one hour, 38 minutes, and is followed by discussion.




Tuesday, Dec. 6
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Anthony Ray Hinton30 Years Innocent on Alabama Death Row: Anthony Ray Hinton

A team from the Equal Justice Initiative led by Bryan Stevenson represented Anthony Ray Hinton for more than 15 years in an unceasing effort to win him a new trial, after which the district attorney's office finally dropped the case, conceding the evidence they relied on for 30 years did not in fact tie Hinton to two murders.