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
7 p.m.


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

Thursday, Oct. 22
7 p.m.
Zoom and livestream on Facebook.

Garry Hamilton

African Americans and the Police: The Challenge of Building Trust
Garry Hamilton, former Fort Wayne police chief and a 1985 Manchester graduate, along with social work Assistant Professor Alicia Dailey, will talk to the Manchester community about navigating the complicated nuances of the relationship between Black communities and the police.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 
4 p.m.
Zoom link details via email.

Nonviolence in a Polarized Time
Participants will share in conversations around the emerging future, understanding what's going on in the world around us, becoming a change agent and working for change. We will talk with Matt Guynn ’95 on On Earth Peace about current events in light of nonviolence commitments.

Manchester Activities Council
Wednesday, Oct. 28
6 p.m.
Link available in email sent Oct. 28.

George Floyd VIA

Black Lives and the Legacy of George Floyd: A Conversation
This exclusive and intimate conversation explores the shock waves of George Floyd’s death, the Movement for Black Lives, the crisis of policing in America, the meaning of justice, and more. Skillfully moderated by activist, minister and scholar Nyle Fort, this webinar event – with ample time for Q&A -- promises to be powerful, valuable and unforgettable. Joining Nyle are members of George Floyd’s family, including his uncle, Selwyn Jones.

Thursday, Nov. 5
7 p.m.

Majumder-SreeThe Great American Divide
Sree Majumder, former associate professor of economics at Manchester, will share with students the topic of his new book about the increasing tensions between the productive economy and the forces of the machine age.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
7 p.m.
Zoom via Evenbrite invitation.

The Year We Left HomeThe Year We Left Home: A Night with Author Jean Thompson
Jean Thompson is a novelist and short-story writer. She will speak about her novel, The Year We Left Home, which follows the Erickson family through the many changes affecting American life at the end of the twentieth century.

Thursday, Nov. 12
7 p.m.

Sister Emily TeKolste VIAFaith in Action
Sister Emily TeKolste is a Grassroots Mobilization Specialist for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. She will discuss the ways in which her faith has informed her social activism. 

Thursday, Nov. 19
7 p.m.

Staudenmaier, MichaelLatina/o/x Anti-Fascism: How Puerto Rican and Mexican Radicals Built a New Identity by Fighting the Right
Mike Staudenmaier, assistant professor of history, will speak about his research on how Puerto Rican and Mexican anti-facism efforts built pan-ethnic alliances that helped create the Latinx identity as it is understood today.    

Tuesday, Dec. 8
7 p.m.
Livestream on MU Facebook page.

(re)Imagining Leadership VIA(re)Imagining Leadership  
Honors Students from this fall’s First Year Seminar, Transforming Creativity, will share their individual messages to the charge of “What does it take to be a creative leader?” Drawing on a wide and diverse range of visionaries, such as Malala, Drew Dudley, Sam Berns, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo, Randy Pausch and Liza Koshy our MU representatives will engage with their very own mark of Inspiration. 

Thursday, Dec. 10
7 p.m.
This event will not be recorded, and you MUST register ahead of time to attend.
Please do so here:

Sex Signals
Sex Signals with Bass/Schuler is a sexual assault prevention program that uses its unorthodox, humor-facilitated and inclusive approach to examining our culture, sex, and prevention strategies like bystander intervention. If you want to learn more about the event, check out this video: