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.