Academics

Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Spring 2018

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 2018

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



MLK 50
Thursday, Feb.1

Time TBA
Cordier Auditorium
MLK50-180pxMLK 50 Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony

Speaker and program information to be announced at a later time. This is among many events throughout the academic year that celebrate MU's connection to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Ours was the final campus to host King as a speaker before he was slain in 1968. He spoke at Manchester on Feb. 1, 1968.




Spring Convocation
Tuesday, Feb. 6
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFaddenFly, Run, Walk, Crawl – Keep Moving Forward
Half a century ago, the Rev. Martin Luther Jr. encouraged those who heard him to “keep moving forward.” “Whatever you do,” he said, “you have to keep moving forward.” What does it take to meet that challenge in our time? President Dave McFadden will reflect on perseverance, doggedness, grit and passion in pursuit of those things we value most.

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.



MLK 50
Thursday, Feb. 15

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Langston HughesOf Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance
Manchester  celebrates the lives of great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay in this unique chamber music theatre work. In this presentation by the Core Ensemble, one actor portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. Jazz and concert music will be featured.





Thursday, Feb. 22
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Proposal pending committee approval.





Thursday, March 1
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Conspiracy Theories are for Losers?
The presenter is Dr. Joe Uscinsci.




Tuesday, March 6
3:30 p.m.
Switzer Center, upper level
Assessing Year 1 of the Trump Administration
Panelists are faculty members Leonard Williams, Benson Onyeji, Elton Skendaj and Tara Saunders.




FYS VIA
Tuesday, March 13

3:30 p.m.
Switzer Center, upper level
Prison Sentence Reform and Education Initiatives
Julie Lanham, who is the executive director and deputy commissioner of re-entry from the Indiana Department of Correction, will give an overview and focus on her role helping offenders adjust to society after their sentences. A former prisoner who has made successful re-entry will also speak.




Thursday, March 15
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Poverty Law's Past and Future
Andrew Hammond teaches at the University of Chicago and practices law at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. He will reflect on the past fifty years of anti-poverty efforts in America and what those efforts teach us about what to expect from our current political moment.




Monday, April 2
Cordier Auditorium
Proposal pending.




Date, time TBA
Switzer Center, upper level
Proposal pending.





Thursday, April 12
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Gender Identify: Two Are Definitely Not Enough
Presenter is Kand McQueen.




Tuesday, May 8
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
(Program is one hour, 30 minutes.)
Othopalooza: The Planet is Asking for It

The Other Winger Experience features Manchester faculty, staff and students.