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 senior Jessica Klemm about what Apraxia of speech is and personal challenges that arise from the disorder.



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.



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.