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. Events last approximately one hour unless noted otherwise.

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

Tuesday, August 25

3 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Learning from Differences

President Dave McFadden welcomes everyone to the 2015-16 academic year by challenging us to learn from our differences and explore many viewpoints. Manchester is distinctive in that we welcome people as they are, embracing differences and celebrating them. By respecting the “infinite worth of every individual” and learning from others, we ultimately learn more about ourselves. 

Literary Film Series Wednesday, September 2

7:30-10 p.m.Cordier Auditorium

Pride and Prejudice

This film, among many cinematic interpretations of the popular 1813 novel, presents the dilemma of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, who, lacking a male heir, need to marry off their five daughters in order not to lose the family estate. This story draws on irony and humor to portrait upper class snobbism and arrogance. The turbulent love story between the protagonists Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy demonstrates how prejudice and pride first conceal the essence of what it means to be human. Film is 127 minutes, followed by discussion.

Tuesday, September 8

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Jews of Africa

Since 2008, photographer William Rasdell, the force behind My City, My World, has been a catalyst for communication and cultural understanding between youth in the United States, South Africa, Cuba, Romania and Israel. Rasdell will discuss his inquiry into the vestiges of Hebrew heritage among African peoples. Joining him will be Avishai Malson Baruch, an Ethiopian Jew living in Israel. Works by Rasdell are on display through Sept. 13 in Gallery G of the Jo Young Switzer Center.

Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 17

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Civic Literacy, Political Discourse, and the Constitution

Professor Sheila Kennedy, director of the IU Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI, will speak about what today’s policy debates – religious freedom and same-sex marriage for example – reveal about the nature of civic literacy, political discourse and constitutional culture.

Monday, September 21

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Solo Cup Culture: Minimizing the Risks of an Alcohol-Soaked Campus Culture

The message from Jake Byczkowski of CampusSpeak is not that alcohol is inherently bad; rather, the harm and danger that can come along with it is the problem. His call to action is for students to create a new culture at campuses across the nation, where responsible use of alcohol and safety are priorities.

Monday, October 5

7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level

Torture, Human Rights, and Making a Difference

Ruth Barrett-Rendler, deputy director of the Center for Victims of Torture and a 1982 Manchester graduate, will speak about torture, contemporary conditions and uses of torture and political steps to eradicate it. Barrett-Rendler will discuss how an education at Manchester may establish a long-term commitment to a career in human rights work.

Thursday, October 8

7 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

Unleash the Champion Within!

Motivational speaker Bob Weiland is a former strength coach for the Green Bay Packers, veteran, a record-setting weightlifter and triathlete. He challenges audience members to set high goals and not let obstacles or hardships deter them from reaching their dreams and potential.  Weiland  challenges people to be equally committed to the mission of the businesses, organizations and communities in which they are involved.

Sunday, October 18

3-4:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Celebrating the Women of Music

Program presented by the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 20

3:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

Microfluid Technology, a low-cost disease diagnostic solution (tentantive title)
With a desire to unlock low-cost disease diagnostic solutions for developing countries, Dr. Frederick Balagaddé ‘01, invented the microchemostat – a microfluidic chip that mimics an environment for culturing live bacterial cells. With his unique life experiences, the Manchester alumnus is motivated to make his work count by developing medical solutions for third-world countries. Here's his TED Talk.

Thursday, October 22

3:30 p.m. Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level

Let’s Talk About It:  Dating Violence

Tuesday, October 27

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

The Power of Storytelling
Ken Medema is a blind musician who takes people's stories from the audience and weaves them into songs on the spot. His ability to use mnemonics and other tools to memorize elements of a story and put them to music in beautiful forms is powerful to behold.

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.

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

What Does it Mean to Be White?

Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., associate professor of critical multicultural and social justice education at  Westfield State University, Mass., asks, "What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race?" She will describe how race shapes the lives of white people and explain what makes racism so hard for whites to see. She is particularly concerned with the challenges of an increasingly white teaching force and an increasingly diverse student population.

Thursday, November 5

7-9 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Fed Up

This is designed to deliver education on the topic of nutrition. A volunteer local medical panel will discuss this topic briefly before the showing of the documentary film Fed Up. The movie delivers several thought-provoking discussion points about the food industry, how processed foods affect our health, childhood obesity, and governmental policies regarding these topics.

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 12

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Human Forensic DNA Analysis

Dr. Doug Storts will discuss the use of DNA technologies in forensic science. He will talk about current applications as used in scientific investigation of evidence related to forensics, i.e., the investigation of a crime. This technology has been integral to expanding the types of evidence available for use in criminal investigation. Storts, head of research at Promega Corp., is an alumnus of Manchester University.

Thursday, November 19

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Militarization, Airstrikes, and ISIS

Dr. Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, will discuss the challenge of ISIS, or the Islamic State.  The US response has been an escalating air war, an expanding drone war and thousands of US troops fighting on the ground.  Are there alternatives to war to deal with extremism and violence?  What can citizens do to encourage non-violent solutions?

Literary Film Series

Tuesday, December 1

7:30-9:30 p.m. Cordier Auditorium

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Bruno, 8, experiences World War II as son of the commandant at a concentration camp. His forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. This film, based on a book by John Boyne, offers an authentic depiction of what a family of a Nazi leader could have experienced. The point of view moves as it leads the audience through the brutal naiveté infiltrating a system hidden in the name of "duty's" executioners. Film is 94 minutes, followed by discussion.


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