Values, Ideas, and the Arts (VIA)

Values, Ideas, and the Arts enhances the Manchester Core program in the liberal arts through cultural exposure and intellectual enrichment. Academic credit is earned through attendance.

Values, Ideas, and Arts brings to the campus speakers, musical and dramatic performers, and gifted persons from within the University community.

Students are required to arrive on time and remain for the entire program to receive VIA credit.

Fall 2014
Be sure to check this schedule often for new VIA events that will be added during the semester.

Tuesday, August 26
3 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Opening Convocation
President Dave McFadden will speak about "Becoming Our Best Selves."
Saturday, September 13
9 a.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Steve Alford: Lessons I Have Learned from My Basketball Career
The former MU head basketball coach -- who took the Black and Gold to a national championship game -- and current UCLA coach will speak about his career and answer student questions in a Q&A format. For more information, click here.
Thursday, September 18
3:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Stephen K. Medvic: Politicians, Elections, and the Constitution
The author researches campaigns and elections, political parties, the media and politics, public opinion, ideology, and American political thought. He is a professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College.
Monday, September 22
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Ross Szabo: Mixed Drinks, Mixed Emotions: Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health

Forty-eight percent of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue. It is important to address reasons why a student is binge-drinking, abusing substances, driving under the influence and engaging in other negative behavior. The average college student today is facing overwhelming amounts of stress, workloads, transition, pressure and mental health problems. Often times they suffer in silence, hiding their fears until they become too large to deal with. Szabo is an award-winning speaker, writer, trainer, and returned Peace Corps volunteer. He received the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award, 2012 Changing Minds Award and had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record. He is co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health and a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Thursday, October 2
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium

Mercedes Schneider: When Education Reform Becomes “Erroneous Ideology Well Funded”

Mercedes Schneider is a Louisiana public school teacher and education activist who holds a Ph.D. in applied statistics and research methods. Schneider blogs regularly on both local and national education issues on her own education blog, deutsch29.wordpress.com.

Monday, October 13
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Jon Vroman: Career Expo speaker
We all choose to either be a spectator of life "in the back", or an active participant "in the front row." Jon Vroman delivers fun, easy to implement, and inspirational presentations designed to increase student engagement by “Living College Life In The Front Row™”
Thursday, October 30
7 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Cathleen Falsani: The Dude Abides: A Look at Film and Religion
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author of five non-fiction books including the critically acclaimed memoir, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, and the forthcoming Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Rascals (Hachette, 10/28/14) Cathleen is a sought-after speaker, writing coach, and leads creative workshops via Incubate Spirit.
Friday, November 7
1:30 p.m.
Cordier Auditorium
Presidential Inauguration
As the campus community celebrates its 125th year, we inaugurate Dave McFadden as the 15th president of Manchester University. To learn more about him, click here.


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