Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) 

Because of restrictions imposed by COVID-19, most VIA events for fall semester will be online. Details are in the works. In the meantime, questions can be emailed to the committee. Please include VIA in the subject line.

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 take part in the program to receive VIA credit. Almost all VIAs in fall 2020 will be followed by a test for credit. Events last approximately one hour unless noted otherwise.

Fall 2020

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

Fall Convocation
Tuesday, Sept. 1
3:30 p.m.
President Dave McFadden
Be Ignited!
President Dave McFadden hosts Opening Convocation to welcome the Manchester community at the start of the academic year. Inspired by a Mary Oliver poem, “What I Have Learned So Far,” he will speak about the pandemic, the protests and the election. McFadden has invited one person to share their thoughts on each topic.

Thursday, Sept. 10
7 p.m.
Access deals to be shared with students.

 Life Doesn’t Come with a Designated Driver

This program is designed to educate students about the effects of alcohol, so if they choose to drink, they have the information to make healthy choices for themselves.

Camp Mack Day

Sunday, Sept. 13
3 p.m.
Quinter-Miller Auditorium
Camp Mack

Camp Mack Murals
Join alumnus Todd Eastis '14 to learn the story behind on-site murals, created by artist Medford Neher, depicting the history of the Church of the Brethren from 1708 to 2008. Manchester is one of six colleges across the nation grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren.

Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 17
Time TBA

Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton
Representing Indiana Senate District 3, Sen. Melton, D-Gary, is a member of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.