Academics

Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Spring 2017

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.


Spring 2017

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



Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony
Thursday, Feb. 2

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Daryl DavisNo Place for Hate
Daryl Davis has made it his quest to understand and combat racism. The musician, author and expert on race relations is keynote speaker at Manchester’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony.



Tuesday, Feb. 14
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFaddenMoney Invested: Yours & ours
President Dave McFadden's Spring Convocation looks at who invests in your Manchester experience and how the University invests in you.



Mental Health
Discussion Day

Wednesday, Feb. 22

10 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Lynn SanfordStrong at the Broken Places 
An author and clinical social worker specializing in trauma, Lynn Sanford will speak about resilience and the human spirit. Click here for more information



Mental Health
Discussion Day

Wednesday, Feb. 22

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Locations to be determined

Discussion Day workshops

Speakers, including faculty, alumni and professionals in fields related to the mental health topic of Discussion Day will offer workshops in locations throughout campus. Students must attend both a 1:30 workshop and a 3:00 workshop (on two different topics) to receive one VIA credit.

For descriptions and locations, click here.




Mental Health
Discussion Day

Wednesday, Feb. 22

7 p.m.
Locations to be determined

Discussion Day movies

Four movies related to the mental health topic of Discussion Day will be offered: The Dhamma Brothers; Stress: Portrait of a Killer; Wartorn; The Anonymous People. The locations can be found here.

 




Wednesday, March 1
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Anthony JulianoCommunication Skills for Today’s Young Leaders

Anthony Juliano is vice president and general manager at Asher Agency. He is a marketing and social media strategist.




Hot Topics
Wednesday, March 8

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Image from videoMuslims in America

Panelists from the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indianapolis and the Islamic Society of North America to do a Q&A after 11-minute screening of American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction. March 8 is International Women's Day.




Hot Topics
Tuesday, March 14

3:30-5 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Scott AlexanderIslam and Muslims in the Contemporary Media Imagination

Dr. Scott Alexander is  the presenter. There is hardly a person who watches television, reads a newspaper, or listens to the radio who has not formed some opinion about Islam and Muslims.  There are many reasons for this, most of which have to do with various perceptions of the roles played by “Islam" and Muslims in domestic and international politics. One of the problems, however, with media attempts to understand these roles is that they are almost always superficial and thus often inaccurate. Building on a basic premise in the critical study of religion, this presentation identifies some of the problems with the mass media coverage of Islam and Muslims, and seeks to explore key complexities left unaddressed by the average media sound bite. He will also speak the evening before at the Fort Wayne campus. That presentation is not available for VIA credit.




Faculty Present
Tuesday, March 28

3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Stacy Erickson-Pesetski

He’s a Smooth Talker Like Me: Reading Shakespeare in Prisons
In addition to teaching writing and literature to MU students, Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, Ph.D., also reads and performs Shakespeare with prison inmates. She will discuss her work with maximum-security offenders and her trips with MU students to several prisons, as well as the importance of arts and education programs in criminal justice reform. 




Hot Topics
Thursday, March 30

7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Nicole HemmerThe Trump Revolution

An examination of the nascent administration of President Donald Trump, set in the contexts of the conservative movement, the news media and presidential history. Professor Nicole Hemmer, a scholar, author and public intellectual, works for the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. She is a former MU faculty and staff member.




Hot Topics
Tuesday, April 4

3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center
Max CheremImmigrants, Refugees, and ‘Refugee-like’ Persons
What’s the difference and why does it matter? Who counts as a refugee? Who has duties to help refugees? And what's the best way to assist refugees? Max Cherem, a Kalamazoo College philosophy professor, will consider these questions and explain how philosophy can help us come up with feasible reforms to improve the international community's ability to help refugees. 




Tuesday, April 11
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center
Irma GallFrom Peace Studies to Service in the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky
Irma Gall '55 has worked in rural Appalachian Kentucky for more than 60 years, teaching in one-room schoolhouses, pioneering War on Poverty programs, promoting health education, providing health services and coordinating youth and agricultural activities. She was the first woman to graduate with a degree in Peace Studies from Manchester and in 1958 co-founded the Lend-A-Hand Center, a community organization that continues to serve the needs of the Stinking Creek watershed in Knox County, Kentucky.  Kathryn Engle, doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky and Lend-A-Hand volunteer, will introduce Gall and the work of the Lend-A-Hand Center. 




Tuesday, April 18
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center
Indiana Court of AppealsAppeals on Wheels

The Indiana Court of Appeals hears several oral arguments each year at locations around the state to enable Hoosiers to learn about the judicial branch.




Faculty Present
Thursday, April 20

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Scott DeVriesAnimals, Ethics, Books and Movies

Scott DeVries, who teaches Spanish and Spanish-American literature in the Department of Modern Languages,will offer well-known examples of representations of animals from literature and movies and explain the way in which Animal Studies as a critical approach might be applied to them.




Tuesday, April 25
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Washington Physicians for Social ResponsibilityPhysicians for Social Responsibility: Resilience in the Face of Injustice

Geraldine and Bob Haynes are medical professionals involved in the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.This talk will examine the ongoing work of the organization and their most current work, sharing stories, photos and videos of their experiences.




Senior Series
Thursday, April 27

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Lucas  Al-ZoughbiConflict Transformation in Palestine

Lucas Al-Zoughbi will discuss the history Manchester University shares with Palestine – from Professor Ken Brown's role in pressuring the Israeli military to release his father, who was arrested and imprisoned unjustly, to the Palestinian experience at Manchester University. Al-Zoughbi will also share stories, music, visual arts and poetry from Palestine to better communicate life under military occupation or life in the diaspora for Palestinian refugees.




Senior Series
Tuesday, May 2

3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Income Inequality, Automation and Jobs

Matt Bennett will examine the situation of income inequality and what impact increased automation may have on individuals and the economy. Is increased unemployment a guarantee? Is the trend of increased inequality sustainable? Before we can begin to offer solutions, one must understand the challenges.