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 2019

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

MLK Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony
Thursday, Jan. 31
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
David PilgrimHolding Difficult Conversations About Race: Lessons From the Jim Crow Museum
Dr. David Pilgrim is one of the nation's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity and race relations. He is best known as founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia  — a 12,000-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University.  
Reminder: In order to get academic credit for a VIA, you need to bring your student ID. They are scanned after the event.

Spring Convocation
Tuesday, Feb. 5
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
President Dave McFadden
President Dave McFadden’s vision for the future includes preparing our students for productive careers and meaningful lives, and delivering something the world desperately needs – more Manchester graduates.

Discussion Day Keynote Address
Wednesday, Feb. 20
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium
 Lisa GivanAh-Ha’s, Acknowledgements & Amens
Lisa Givan is associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at Indiana Institute of Technology. With more than 25 years of experience in both corporate America and higher education, Givan is often described as a cultural navigator, an inclusion specialist and a transformation agent. 

Discussion Day
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Times, locations, VIA credits
 Race in America: An Unfinished Project?
DD LogoCheck the Discussion Day schedule for details.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
7-9:15 p.m.
Film is followed by expert panel.
Cordier Auditorium
Kevin Hines‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’
At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. This film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. A panel of area experts will follow the film.

Tuesday, March 5
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Appeals on WheelsAppeals on Wheels
A panel of judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case of Larry Corneal Johnson v. State of Indiana. Johnson is appealing his convictions of dealing narcotics and maintaining a common nuisance following an encounter with a confidential police informant. The appeal alleges that the trial court violated Johnson’s constitutional right to counsel. It is an actual court hearing, so business casual dress is requested. No phones, cameras, food or drink may be brought into the hearing area.

Tuesday, March 12
3:30-5 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
David BuuckIntelligent Lives: Looking Beyond a Test
70-minute film highlights the skill sets, personalities and challenges faced by three individuals who are classified as having intellectual disabilities. Followed by speaker David Buuck, executive director of CASS Housing and member of the Northeast Indiana Disability Association Coalition, who has spent the past 10 years working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Tuesday, March 26
3:30-5 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Laura PontiusIntro to Immigration Law and Policy
Brief overview of the history of immigration in the United States, basics of the current immigration system, common misconceptions, recent changes to law and policy. Speaker is Laura Pontius, immigrant outreach attorney at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Fort Wayne. 

First Year Seminar VIA
Thursday, March 28
7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Patrick Walker-ReeseHow Ideas Manifest into Dreams
Patrick Walker-Reese will use current trends and pop culture in a highly interactive presentation to show students some of the most revolutionary partnerships and ideas of the past few years. “I want to expose dreamers to the work it takes to make their dreams a reality, and the concepts that will help them start today.”