Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) 

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 2019

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



Opening Convocation
Tuesday, Aug. 27
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFadden
Who Are Your Allies?
President Dave McFadden delves into the topic of being an ally during your time at Manchester, in whatever role you might play. He will talk to those who have had allies and what form that has taken.




Tuesday, Sept. 3
7:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Monti Washington VIA Life After Drugs
A product of a one-night stand, abused in foster home after foster home, and time sleeping in parks were just a few of the daunting obstacles in Monti Washington’s journey from the streets to the stage. This interactive presentation is designed to help students gain problem-solving skills needed to be successful, both inside and outside of the classroom.



Tuesday, Sept. 10
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Dr. Justin Lasser Assistant professor of religious studiesWriting the Experience of Jesus: Personality Conflicts, Inspiration, and Faith
What is it like to write Scripture? Justin Lasser (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary) explores the phenomenology of Scripture writing. He will trace ways in which the experience of the numinous (the divine) precedes the historicization of the event in historical narrative — how experience often precedes our understanding of the event in history.




Thursday, Sept. 12
7-9:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Marx in Soho VIAMarx in Soho
Bob Weick brings Karl Marx to life in this political and deeply human drama written by Howard Zinn. 
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



Tuesday, Sept. 17
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
William Stafford VIAEvery War Has Two Losers
Film based on the journal acclaimed poet and pacifist William Stafford, who spent World War II in a civilian service camp for conscientious objectors. Participants include Jeff Gundy and Travis Polling. Stafford challenged deeply held beliefs: Why do we believe war is inevitable? Can you win a war? 
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



Constitution Day
Thursday, Sept. 19
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
David Lay Williams VIALessons from The Federalist for Our Times

In times of political turmoil, if not constitutional crisis, Americans often return to the papers in The Federalist for perspective and guidance. Professor David Lay Williams of DePaul University will discuss the political problems outlined in The Federalist, explain how the Constitution was designed to overcome those problems, and address how the solutions are working in practice today.
For more information: Leonard Williams




Thursday, Sept. 26
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Jackson Katz VIAViolence Against Women -- It's a Men's Issue
Internationally acclaimed educator and activist Jackson Katz refuses to see domestic violence and sexual abuse as “women's issues” that “some good men help out with.” In this presentation he explains why—and how—all men can work with women as partners and allies to end gender violence and promote equality.
For more information: Katharine Ings





Homecoming 2019
Saturday, Oct. 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Jones Wartroba VIAMusic for Coming Home
Robert Jones and Matt Watroba present music that matters – the folk, blues, spirituals and social justice songs that shape the American experience.  
For more information: Caraline Feairheller





Tuesday, Oct. 15
3:30-5 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Pete McCleanThinking Deeply About Healthy Masculinity
This VIA event with Pete McClean of True Forth Facilitators features an interactive conversation about the possibilities of thinking about masculinity in broader terms and the implications for all of us of thinking this way.
For more information: Jared Friessen



Monday, Oct. 28
7:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
MSOFamily Fright Night
The Manchester Symphony’s opening concert of the season engages community members of all ages in live music and the spirit of Halloween. Prior to the concert featuring scary music, families may enjoy decorations made by children, food and games. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume, and there will be a costume parade for children during the concert. Pre-concert activities begin at 5 p.m.
For more information: Manchester Symphony Orchestra



United Nations Day Observance
Tuesday, Oct. 29
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
John-Prendergast10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World and in Your Neighborhood
John Prendergast has experience making an impact: locally through mentorship and globally through human rights campaigns in Africa. He will discuss how both those paths shaped his finding of 10 ingredients for making a difference.
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



La Vida Dulce y los Dulces de la Muerte
Thursday, Oct. 31
7-8:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Altar display 2017Death and Other Endings
Panel discussion will focus on experiences commemorating life and death, with panelists who include a person living with cancer and professionals from funerary, grieving and counseling services.
For more information: Beate Gilliar



Thursday, Nov. 7
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
The Path to Becoming Your Best Self: Advice and Stories from Alumni
2 COLOR CRESTJoin us as a panel of Manchester alumni shares stories about their experiences at Manchester, as well as how those experiences have led them to where they are now. Speakers will identify their passions, values and strengths, and explain how these things played a part in their success. These alumni will also share tips on how current students can get a head start on their future career goals by making suggestions based on their experiences.
For more information: Career and Professional Development



Tuesday, Nov. 12
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
When Conflict Comes to Dinner
This interactive event is at the intersection of improv and real-life scenarios.  Attendees are encouraged to take an active role in learning and practicing the soft skills imperative to productive communication when facing difficult conversations.
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



Thursday, Nov. 21
7 p.m. (Film is 111 minutes long, followed by panel discussion)
Cordier Auditorium
Johnny Got His Gun
The film is based on an anti-war novel based on the true story of WWI soldier who lost his limbs and vision. The film is 111 minutes in length. It will be followed by a panel discussion inlcuding students Chris Francois and Hannah Lawing; Dr. Pat Ashton; moderated by Caraline Feairheller. Film contains graphic violence.
For more information: Caraline Feairheller