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.

Events last approximately one hour unless noted otherwise.

For more information about VIA credits, see Aug. 29 email from VIA Committee Chair Jared Friesen.


Fall 2021

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




Opening Convocation
Monday, Aug. 30
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

President Dave McFadden
Where We Stand
We all come to Manchester as individuals and find ourselves part of this larger community. In a time when the world around us is fracturing, here we stand, together, at Manchester. What does it mean to celebrate our differences? How will we learn about ourselves and each other in a way that builds our community? Primary organizer: Julie Knuth





Monday, Sept. 13
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Patrick HolbertPunch Line Drunk

In this comedy show, Patrick Holbert shares stories and jokes about addiction and sobriety. Students are asked to consider their own relationships with alcohol and other drugs while learning how to have fun without getting wasted. Each fall, Counseling Services coordinates with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Committee and the Athletics Department to offer an engaging educational program about the use of alcohol and drugs, and wise choices around the exposure to alcohol and drugs in college. Primary organizer: April White




 Monday, Sept. 20
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Livestream on MU Facebook

Jeff Diesburg VIABetween Rows and Horizons
Jeff Diesburg, associate professor of art, presents his sabbatical work, a series of oil paintings depicting three local farms. 
He will discuss the concept of sabbatical, what he learned by painting pastoral landscapes, and the ancient but surprisingly uncommon practice of growing food. The painting series Between Rows and Horizons is open for viewing in Gallery G on the second floor of the Jo Young Switzer Center. 




Monday, Sept. 27
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Livestream on MU Facebook
Jason Elliott Growing Sustainability at Manchester
With mounting evidence of the near-future impacts of human-caused climate change, it is time for all people to realize their role in building sustainable solutions. Jason Elliott, Manchester Class of 2011, is the assistant director of sustainability for Duke University where he works to develop a broad array of goals to mitigate climate change through sustainable solutions. Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler

 




Monday, Oct. 4
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Livestream on MU Facebook
Deardorff VIAIntercultural Competence: Building a More Peaceful World
Dr. Darla K. Deardorff is executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators and a research scholar with the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. She will discuss her journey in working with the United Nations and her research surrounding developing intercultural competency skills, storytelling, and education. Her work will inspire a deeper understanding of the importance of the ability to communicate successfully across differences. Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler 

 




Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, Oct. 10
3 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
MSO 83Invitation to the Dance
A program of dance music from the Renaissance through the 20th Century, and from across the globe. You'll tap your toes as you join the orchestra for this whirlwind tour of movement-inspired music. It features Manchester University professors Beate Gilliar and Jim Brumbaugh-Smith dancing to Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango. Primary organizer: Debra Lynn

 




Monday, Oct 25
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Livestream on MU Facebook

Nyein Chan VIARefugee and Resettlement Services
Nyein Chan is director of Resettlement Services for Catholic Charities Fort Wayne-South Bend. A former refugee from Burma (Myanmar), he will share about their work providing direct service for refugees in the Indiana area with special focus on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.
Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler




Monday, Nov. 1
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Step Africa! VIAStep Afrika!

The group blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience.
Primary organizer: Samantha Alley




Monday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. 
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Steve Miller VIATruth and Reconciliation Project: Justice Through Telling Stories
The Truth and Reconciliation Oral History Project, founded by the Rev. Steven Miller, is an endeavor that uses the power of spoken and documented words to heal and create spiritual and social change. 



Monday, Nov.15
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Livestream on MU Facebook in works.

Celebrating Native American Heritage
Professor of English Beate Gilliar will present an array of contemporary projects that pursue storytelling -- in its verbal, visual and performative dimensions -- as a multi-layered endeavor to preserve and continue Native American Heritage. 



Monday, Nov. 22
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Martin Garcia ChavezFrom Manchester to AbbVie

Martin Garcia Chavez, Ph.D, models how MU has helped him to refine and fulfill his dream as a chemist. He is a senior scientist I in Medicinal Chemistry AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company in Illinois. He graduated from Manchester in 2016.
Primary organizer: Beate Gilliar





Monday, Nov. 29
11 a.m.
Livestream program in Cordier Auditorium (masks required)
Lucas_Al-Zoughbi 2017Palestine: A struggle against settler-colonialism 

Lucas Al-Zoughbi, a doctoral student in ecological-community psychology and University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University, presents an introduction to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli settler-colonialism. He will present a brief historical introduction of Israeli settler colonialism in Palestine to contextualize the ongoing struggle and the current realities facing Palestinians. He will also share about strategic nonviolent resistance including his own experiences living under military occupation and engaging in various efforts towards advancing justice. Al-Zoughbi graduated from Manchester University in 2017.
Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler




Monday, Dec. 6
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required) with synchronous viewing on Zoom. 
Jeanine WineA Spirited Past ... What Makes Manchester, Manchester?

Presentation by Manchester University Archivist Jeanine Wine. She connects the stories of people such as Andrew Cordier, Esther Hamer, and Jean Childs Young to Manchester's mission and values.
Primary organizer: Jeanine Wine





Spring 2022

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



Monday, Jan. 31
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Program pending
Primary organizer: TBA





Rev. Martin Luther King Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony
Tuesday, Feb. 1
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Tentative: Timothy Lake, Ph.D., is keynote speaker
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Manchester on Feb. 1, 1968, his last speech on a college campus before his death. We gather at this time each year to reflect on his life and the ways we can honor his legacy in our own lives.
Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler




Monday, Feb. 7
11 a.m.
Location TBA (masks required)

Tentative: Mindfulness and impacts on mental well-being
Retired physician Jon Walker is our speaker. Mindfulness works. It may not be right for you now, but the practice of mindfulness has the potential to change how you live your life. 
Primary organizer: Nancy Schroeder




Monday, Feb. 14
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Tentative: Emeritus Lecture
Primary organizer: Virginia Rendler




Monday, Feb. 21
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

"I Never Give Up": Reflections on Volunteering at a Juvenile Prison
Manchester faculty member Stacy Erickson-Pesetski will share reflections on her four summers leading a Shakespeare class at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, including direct quotes and drawings from the youth themselves.   
Primary organizer: Stacy Erickson-Pesetski 




Spring Convocation
Monday, Feb. 28
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Meant For So Much More
Each of our journeys to and through college take different paths. What we have in common are high aspirations for our own futures and making a difference in the lives of others. Join President Dave McFadden for conversations about setting your personal GPS and becoming your best self.
Primary organizer: Julie Knuth




Monday, March 7
11 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium (masks required)

Tentative program in works
Primary organizer:Jeanine Wine