Values, Ideas, and the Arts (VIA)

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

Values, Ideas, and Arts brings to the campus speakers, musical and dramatic performers, and gifted persons from within the University community.

Students are required to arrive on time and remain for the entire program to receive VIA credit.

January, Spring 2014
Be sure to check this schedule often for new VIA events that will be added during the semester.

Thursday, January 30
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
2014 MLK Lecture: Theodore Ransaw, The Perfect Moment
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony highlights Manchester’s tie to the great civil rights leader. Ransaw is an educator and scholar on black males and black masculinity. He conducts teacher training on closing the relationship/achievement gap for males of color, and teaches classes on diversity, black masculinity, and hip-hop music and culture. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and VIA, underwritten by the William A. Atkins Lectureship Memorial Fund. Read news release.
Tuesday, February 4
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Opening Convo: Your Money & Your Brand
Who will you be when you graduate from Manchester University? How will you let the world know? This interactive program will explore how money makes an impact on lives and how the ways we present ourselves to the world make all the difference in how the world receives us. President Jo Young Switzer and Scott Ochander, vice president for enrollment and marketing, will collaborate for this traditional opening convocation for the spring semester.
Literary Film Society
Friday, February 14
6:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Persepolis
This 2007 French-American animated film is an adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s bestselling graphic novel autobiography of a precocious and outspoken Iranian girl who is repeatedly challenged by fundamentalists during the Islamic Revolution. Movie is 95 minutes. VIA credit = movie + post-movie discussion. Sponsored by the English Department and VIA.
Wednesday, February 19
7:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Faith and Reason in the Catholic Church
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will discuss how faith and reason are mutually compatible and complement each other. Because Manchester is committed to helping young people think critically and engage in respectful conversations about differing viewpoints, this is a perfect opportunity to learn and dialogue with a leader in the Catholic Church. Bishop Rhoades chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Sponsored by Manchester Catholics. News Release.

Monday, February 24
7 p.m.
upper Union
Refior Lecturer Beena Sebastian, Being the Change, from India to Indiana: Human Rights and Gender Justice
This Nobel Peace Prize nominee has received international awards for her work related to women, nonviolence, peace, activism and justice in South India. For this Dr. Everett L. Refior Lectureship in Establishing Peace Through Enforceable World Law, Sebastian will describe the oppressive structures and practices that disproportionately affect women and children in India, including slavery, trafficking, sexual assault and poverty. Sebastian is founder and executive director of Cultural Academy for Peace, which provides policy drafting and lobbying, workshops for police, economic development projects, nonviolence training and education. Q&A follows lecture.
Wednesday, February 26
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Temple Grandin, HBO movie
This highly praised 2010 biopic is about Manchester University’s 2012-1013 Innovator of the Year – and March 6 VIA presenter – Temple Grandin. The TV movie won seven Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for lead actress Claire Danes. The movie tells the life story of Grandin, an autistic woman who has revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and in slaughterhouses. Movie = 107 minutes. VIA credit = film + brief conversation. Students are encouraged to see this movie and see Grandin in person on campus March 6.
Thursday, March 6
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Temple Grandin: 2012-2013 MU Innovator of the Year
Time magazine in 2010 named Grandin one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Autistic, she knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, which motivates her work in human livestock handling. Grandin is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University. Her writings, The Way I See It, A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s and Thinking in Pictures. Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human made The New York Times bestseller list. VIA credit = lecture + Q&A session afterward. Sponsored by MU’s Mark E. Johnston Entrepreneurship Program. News Release.
Tuesday, March 11
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Harry ’35 and Jeanette Henney Lecture
Donna Shalala: Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare; Is Government Getting Too Big?

Donna Shalala, an Arab American, has applied her abilities and conviction to a lifetime of improving the human condition. She has served three presidents, including as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Clinton Administration. In 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The outspoken political scientist has served as president of Hunter College, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently is president of the University of Miami. News Release.

Monday, March 31
7 p.m.
upper Union

Julia Serano, I’ll See It When I Believe It: Perception and Gender Entitlement
We tend to focus on how other people “perform” or “do” their genders. With thoughtfulness and sharp wit, transgender activist Serano draws on personal experiences to highlight how subconscious assumptions and expectations shape how we view people. She makes the case that gender entitlement (projecting our assumptions, meanings and value judgments regarding gender onto others) is at the root of all forms of sexism. More about Julia Serano. Sponsored by VIA, Gender Studies Council and Department of History and Political Science; underwritten by the underwritten by the Mary E. and Opal D. Stech Fund and The Ira W. and Mable Winger Moomaw Lectureship/Seminar Fund.
Monday, April 7
7 p.m.
upper Union
Sincerely Ethiopia, with director/writer Nathan Araya
People associate Ethiopia with poverty, drought, famine and disease. Director/writer Nathan Araya also sees beautiful people with an amazing sense to overcome hardship and awesome stories of change. Students will have opportunity to discuss this 2013 documentary with Araya. More about Sincerely Ethiopia. Movie = 54 minutes. VIA credit = film + 20-minute Q&A. Sponsored by African Students Association, Peace Studies Institute, Kenapocomoco Coalition and Multicultural Affairs.
Literary Film Society
Friday, April 11

6:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Rear Window
Scholars and critics consider this classic 1954 American suspense film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly to be director Alfred Hitchcock’s finest. A photographer confined to his apartment with a broken leg witnesses the life and happenings of his neighbors through his rear window, including a possible murder. Neighbor is set against neighbor in morbid curiosity. Movie is 122 minutes. VIA credit = movie + post-movie discussion. Sponsored by the English Department and VIA.
Tuesday, April 15
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
A Father Speaks: End Distracted Driving
Joel Feldman created the End Distracted Driving campaign and this interactive presentation to honor the memory of his 21-year-old daughter, Casey, who was killed by a distracted driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is not just texting or making cell phone calls. Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention puts that driver, passengers and everyone else sharing the road at serious risk. More about End Distracted Driving. Sponsored by VIA, underwritten by the John Livingston Mock Fund.
Thursday, April 24
7 p.m.
upper Union
An Evening with Danzy Senna, author
This national best-selling author often explores racial identity through her fiction. Senna's novel Caucasia has received numerous prestigious national awards and honors, including the Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into eight languages. She will read from her works for her MU audience. Q&A follows lecture. Sponsored by the English Department, Multicultural Affairs and VIA; underwritten by the Mary E. and Opal D. Stech Fund.
Monday, April 28
7 p.m.
upper Union
Shawn Kirchner, The Quest for Creativity
How does someone approach the creative process: With a blank slate or with a specific assignment in mind? Shawn Kirchner, Swan Family Composer in Residence for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, has developed a model based on personalities from Lord of the Rings to help structure his day, nurture his creativity and enhance the quality of his work. Shawn will talk about his process, using his music. Shawn, a 1992 Manchester alumnus, has sung on the soundtrack of major motion pictures, including Avatar, The Lorax, Frozen and X-Men First Class, and has arranged and composed many original pieces. MU news release. Sponsored by campus Religious Life and underwritten by the Christian Leadership Endowment Fund.

New!
Sunday, May 4

3-5 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Mikado, comic operetta
The vocals and orchestration of this Gilbert and Sullivan classic celebrate the breadth of musical talent at Manchester University and the community. The story is set in Imperial Japan, satirizing British politics and institutions, about two young lovers in a town where flirting is punishable by death. Ironically, Yum-Yum, the fiancé of the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, is in love with Nanki-Poo, a wandering minstrel. The ruler of Japan – the Mikado – orders that someone be beheaded for such disregard for the law. The Mikado is a collaboration of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and MU’s Department of Music. MU news release. Program is 2 hours. VIA credit for Sunday, May 4 performance only. Free for MU students. Behavior at classical performances.

Tuesday, May 6
3:30-5 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Otho Winger Experience, faculty-staff band
Every other spring, this concert rocks Cordier with a rowdy celebration of our community and incredible musical talent of Manchester’s faculty and staff. It’s their love song to Manchester. Arrive early and move to the center for the best seats in what will be a packed Cordier Auditorium for this 90-minute program. Sponsored by VIA.


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