Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Fall 2015

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.

Click here for the Senior Series Proposal Form.



Fall 2015
Be sure to check this schedule often for new VIA events and fuller descriptions that will be added.

Tuesday, August 25
3-4 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Opening Convocation

Tuesday, Sept. 8
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Jews of Africa

Manchester University is displaying the work of artist William Rasdell work through Sept. 13 in Gallery G of the Jo Young Switzer Center. This showcase displays Rasdell’s photos from his field study in Israel during November 2013. The work focuses on the community that Ethiopian Jews have created for themselves in Israel, as well as their determination to thrive.

Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 17
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Civic Literacy, Political Discourse, and the Constitution

Presenter is Sheila Kennedy, J.D.

Monday, September 21
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Solo Cup Culture: Minimizing the Risks of an Alcohol-Soaked Campus Culture

Jake Byczkowski of CampusSpeak is the presenter.

Monday, October 5
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level

Torture, Human Rights, and Making a Difference

Ruth Barrett-Rendler is the presenter.

Thursday, October 8

7 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

Unleash the Champion within!

Motivational speaker Bob Weiland is the presenter.

Tuesday, October 20

3:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

Microfluid Technology, a low-cost disease diagnostic solution (tentantive title)
The presenter is Frederick Balagadde, Ph.D. The MU alumnus is working on microfluidics technology with the potential to become a powerful tool in the effort to combat infectious disease in the Third World. Here's his TED Talk.

Tuesday, October 27

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Power of Storytelling
Ken Medema is the presenter.

Thursday, October 29

3:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

Finding your Path -- Why Good People do Bad Things

Jim Hollis, Ph.D., is the presenter.

Senior Series

Tuesday, November 10
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Autism Awareness: My Work with One Extraordinary Child
MU senior Emma Nellans is the presenter.

Thursday, November 19
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Militarization, Airstrikes, and ISIS

Phyllis Bennis, Ph.D., is the presenter about the role of the United States in the Middle East.


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