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

7-8:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
MLK50-180pxMLK 50 Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, gave the keynote address: "Answering the Call." This is among many events throughout the academic year that celebrate MU's connection to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the entire celebration.




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.





MLK 50
Thursday, Feb. 22

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Dr. David RaglandMartin Luther King and the Triple Evils: Grappling with Militarism, Materialism and Racism in our Time
Activist, educator and scholar David Ragland will speak about the meaning behind MLK’s words spoken Feb. 1, 1968, in the "Future of Integration" delivered at the North Manchester campus, just two months before he was slain. He died April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., fighting for a wage increase for sanitation workers and preparing to lead a Poor People’s March in Washington, D.C. His struggles then continue today, Ragland says.





Rescheduled to April 24

The Crime Around the Corner: Human Trafficking and Slavery in Indiana





Thursday, March 1
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Joseph UscinskiConspiracy Theories are for Losers
Who believes in conspiracy theories and why? Why are some conspiracy theories more popular than others? What are the dangers of conspiracy theories? Are conspiracy theorists prone to violence? How did conspiracy theories affect the 2016 presidential election? What can conspiracy theories in the United States tell us about conspiracy theories elsewhere? Join Dr. Joseph Uscinski, an internationally recognized expert on the subject, will share his surprising findings.




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




FYS VIA
Tuesday, March 13

3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Supporting Re-Entry and Preventing Recidivism: Initiatives for Indiana Prisoners
The speakers are Alexis Dean, executive director of re-entry and Medicaid, Indiana Department of Corrections; and Rick Rosales, community and mentor engagement, Indiana Department of Corrections. They will talk about the challenges facing ex-offenders in Indiana and the work being done within and outside prisons to help lower recidivism.



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.




Henney Lecture
Monday, April 2
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
A Nation in Pain: Understanding America's Opioid Epidemic
Presenter is Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General. (Pending submission for approval for VIA credit.)




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.




Senior Series
Thursday, April 19

7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Manchester to Marburg: One senior’s story of fulfilling and owning his best self 
Peter Shepherd’s educational experience and student career at Manchester University have been deeply guided by accomplishing his goals. Peter will discuss specific aspects mainly from his journey of accomplishing his goal of studying German and immersing himself fully through overseas study in Marburg. Peter will highlight how his major in professional sales complements his minor of German and how both helped to further explore his passions.  He will draw on the interconnectedness of both fields, how literature, language and culture have affected his view of global citizenship, international business, and his own role within those areas. 




Tuesday, April 24
3:30 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
The Crime Around the Corner: Human Trafficking and Slavery in Indiana
Human and sex trafficking is not just an international issue. It is a local crime that affects community members around Indiana. The Fort Wayne Police Department Victims Assistance Office partnered with with the MU CARE Initiative for this program. We will also discuss signs and prevention strategies to keep our friends, family, loved ones and community members safe. This program will be facilitated by Chelsea Crawford and Jo’Netta Neeley and will have opportunities for questions and answers.



Senior Series
Thursday, April 26

7 p.m.
Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
Be the Good: Lessons from Nicaragua
Presenter is Katherine Brown.




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

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