Academics

Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) Fall 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.


Fall 2017

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



Opening Convocation
Tuesday, Aug. 29

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFaddenThis is Who We Are
President Dave McFadden offers the Opening Convocation, with a focus on Manchester University's legacy of peace and justice and how that relates to being our best selves. This is the first of many events throughout the academic year that will 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.