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.


Spring 2020

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



Spring Convocation
Tuesday, Jan. 28
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFadden
Be Brilliant
Brilliance is all around us at Manchester. President Dave McFadden shares stories about Manchester students and colleagues who are doing amazing things that brighten our lives and community. Be brilliant, be resilient, be bright lights for others.



MLK Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony
Tuesday, Feb. 4
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Tayna Fogle / The Power of VoiceDarkest Past Now Greatest Asset
Tayna Fogle is a mother, a former felon and a powerful leader in her community. As co-chair of the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign, Tayna's work has transformed policy and policymakers. Tayna will tell her story and share lessons.
On Feb. 1, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an overflow audience at the campus of what was then Manchester College. 
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



Tournées Film Festival
Thursday, Feb. 13
7 p.m. (Total program time is two hours, including faculty panel)
Cordier Auditorium
Mélanie LaurentLe Retour du héros (The Return of the Hero)
This crowd-pleasing romantic comedy is a period piece about a swashbuckling conman and his attempts to pass himself off as a war hero. The Return of the Hero will kick off the Tournees Film Festival, a series of six francophone films. This is in French and has English subtitles.
For more information: Tara Smithson




Tournées Film Festival
Wednesday, Feb. 26
6:30 p.m. (Total program is two hours, including faculty panel)
Cordier Auditorium
James Baldwin, courtesy Magnolia Pictures, by Bob AdelmanI Am Not Your Negro: Examining Race, Nation, and Privilege
Raoul Peck's 2016 documentary I am Not Your Negro chronicles James Baldwin’s reactions to the racial violence and examines issues of race in a global context, emphasizing Baldwin’s perceptions of systemic injustice in the U.S. after living in France. The film includes explicit language and scenes of racial violence. It is rated PG-13. 
For more information: Tara Smithson




Thursday, Feb. 27
12:30 p.m. (Program is 75-90 minutes, including Q&A)
Cordier Auditorium
Stewart Copeland / Shayne GrayStewart Copeland: His Creative Journey from Rock Star to Opera Composer
Stewart Copeland, founder and drummer of the ’80s new wave band The Police, has many film scores to his credit and now composes orchestral works, ballets and operas. He will have a conversation with Debra Lynn and discuss his creative journey assisted by MU music majors. The collegiate debut of The Invention of Morel, one of his operas, is Feb. 28 and 29 at the Honeywell Center. The cast features MU students and alumni.
For more information: Debra Lynn




Tournées Film Festival
We are in search of another film to take its place at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1 in Cordier Auditorium.
Visages, Villages (Faces, Places)

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this docudrama will not be presented as part of the film series. We are looking for a replacement film. 
For more information: Tara Smithson




Tournées Film Festival
Tuesday, 
March 3
3:30 p.m. (Total program time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, with faculty panel)
Cordier Auditorium
BPM120 Battements Par Minute (BPM – Beats Per Minute)
This drama chronicles the early years of Act-Up Paris and narrates the love story of two members as they all fight for better treatment and healthcare access for people living with HIV/AIDS. Co-written by founding members of the organization. It is filmed in French with subtitles in English. It includes sexual content and explicit language, but is not rated in the United States.
For more information: Tara Smithson



Thursday, March 5
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Siobhan McEvoy-LevyEntertaining Peace in Youth Cultures: From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games 
Siobhan McEvoy-Levy is an author and professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Lab at Butler University. This lecture will address the promise and limitations of pop culture analysis in nuancing our understanding of “peace,” “resistance” and “decolonization” in world politics. 
For more information: Caraline Feairheller



Saturday, March 7
6 p.m. (90 minutes)

Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
African Students AssociationTaste of Africa

Taste of Africa is a culinary exploration of the abundance of countless African cultures and a celebration of African society with enticing tastes, vibrant fashions, lively sounds, and spectacular dancing movements.
For more information: Kwaku Archer




Tournées Film Festival
Thursday, 
March 12
7 p.m. (Total program time is one hour, forty minutes, with faculty panel)
Cordier Auditorium
Kinshasa MakamboKinshasa Makambo

Director Dieudo Hamari captures the reality of a nonviolent revolutionary crisis alternating between public mass demonstrations and private conversations of young Congolese revolutionaries protesting delayed elections and President Kabila's overstay in term. It is in French and Lingala with English subtitles. Film includes scenes of violence and explicit language. It is rated 14A in Canada but is not rated in the U.S.
For more information: Kara Smithson




Tuesday, March 24
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Accessibility A Lesson in Accessibility: An Interactive Experience
Get a firsthand look at the struggle of those people with disabilities and the harmful effects of ableism. There will be multiple stations. This is part of Ableism Awareness Week sponsored by the First Year Honors Program.
For more information: Alexis Quick





Sunday, March 29
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Jill Long ThompsonRestoring Ethics to American Democracy: Celebrating Women in Politics
At a time when many people are losing faith in American institutions, former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson makes the case that our society needs an ethical approach to politics. Long Thompson was first woman nominee for a U.S. Senate seat and for governor in Indiana.
For more information: Leonard Williams





Thursday, March 26
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Maegan PollonaisSongs of the Islands
The Caribbean has a rich history, and its songs are a living personification of the region. Maegan Pollonais, assistant director of student diversity and inclusion at Manchester, will perform a 12-song collection by Dominque Le Gendre.
For more information: Maegan Pollonais





Peace Week
Tuesday, March 31
7 p.m. (2-hour show, including Q&A)
Cordier Auditorium
Ted & Co.We Own This Now
Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now is a play by Alison Casella Brookins that looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something.
For more information: Bekah Houff





Sunday, April 5
2:30 p.m. (Two hours)
Cordier Auditorium
The View
Manchester University's Theatre Society presents its spring 2020 production, written and directed by Kennedy Watson-Haynes. The Theatre Society puts on productions that are written, directed and produced by students.
For more information: Andy Vance



Thursday, April 23
3:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Kate BillingsleyCommuniKate:Artalive!
Kate Billingsley is a narrative artist, educator, and trilingual improviser. Her one-woman show is a comic portrait of a young American moving to Spain that reflects on art, travel, and the creative process of coming into one's own.
For more information: Tara Smithson



Thursday, April 30
3:30 p.m. (Program is 90 minutes)
Cordier Auditorium
Judd Case, Otho Winger Experience 2016Otho Winger Experience 
The Otho Winger Experience is Manchester University’s rock band in residence. Composed of faculty, staff and students, it plays live music from throughout the history of rock. Come and start summer on a high note!
For more information: Judd Case