What is WILL?

What is WILL?

Will is a grass-roots organization created by residents and a partner of Western New Mexico University in Silver City. At WILL, learning is a lifetime adventure for intellectual and personal discovery in a supportive and informal setting.

Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Avenue, Juan Chacon
Bldg RM 108, Silver City, New Mexico 88061.
info@will-learning.com | 575-538-6835.

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

WILL members bring talents and life experiences to WILL, making our courses and social events lively places to learn. WILL course schedules are made available to the public weeks prior to the semester start. Members sign up via email, online, or by visiting the office.

Join at the Fall, Spring or Summer semester Sign-up Social and attend great courses!

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

The Artist Lecture Series brings professional artists and writers who exchange ideas in presenting their work in literature, fine arts and a host of other topics. Lectures and Lunch & Learns are free and open to the public.

If ongoing learning outside the traditional classroom appeals to you, then join us.

Join WILL
$75 a year shows your support for Life Long Learning, our community and all the classes you want to take all year long! More . . .

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Septeto Nacional de
Ignacio Piñeiro

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Mystery of Memory in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca

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60) Gold Panning History & Adventure
Facilitator: Bill Findley
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Friday & Saturday: April 28, 29: Friday 1:00 - 3:00 pm classroom & Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm field trip
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Ever consider learning how to pan for gold? Come join us and not only learn how to pan for gold but also about the colorful history behind gold panning in the wild, wild, West!
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43) Walking the Via Francigena (the French Way) in Italy
Facilitator: Esperanza Quintero
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: April 26: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

The “French Way”--the ancient route connecting Jerusalem to Rome’s Saint Peter’s Basilica (Italy), Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral (France), Canterbury Cathedral (England) and the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (Spain) is mostly known by its famous section in Spain. However, over the last few years, the Italians have re-established the Via Francigena after being lost in time. Through this course, I will share the experience of walking 350 km of the 800 km long Via Francigena, crossing what is probably the most beautiful sections of the less trodden pilgrim route, beginning the journey at the ancient fort town of Monteriggioni, crossing Tuscany, sections of Umbria and Lazio and ending in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome. This course is more about people and the experience of walking than about architecture and history.
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55) Blackjack for Beginners & Everyone
Facilitator: Geoff Bartlett
Enrollment Limit: Max 14/ Min 10
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Wednesdays: April 25, May 2: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This class will teach people, both beginners and everyone else, how to play blackjack; what strategies to use and how to bet to win. Learning, practice and play will happen in the 1st session. A blackjack tournament will happen in the 2nd session with prizes for the top three winners.
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21) Mine Tour
Facilitator: Terry Humble
Enrollment Limit: Max 10/Min 6
Date/Time:1 session: Friday: April 21: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5 for Corre Caminos

Ride a comfortable Corre Caminos van along Highway 356 in the mining district with interpretive stops along the way to the Santa Rita pit overlook. View and discuss the last of the remaining old mineshaft head frames in the mining communities of Bayard, Vanadium and Hanover. See the Empire Zinc mineshaft head frame that inspired the infamous 1951 strike and resulting 1954 documentary, Salt of the Earth, the only film banned by the U.S. Government. Your guide will be Terry Humble, a native Grant Countian, whose father also worked the mines of Grant County. Terry was a mechanic for Santa Rita Mine & retired in 2001. He is a local historian who has co-written three books about this area's mining. Come along as he discusses the fascinating history of the most productive mining area in the entire state of New Mexico.
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50) Sanctuary Road's Progressive Dinner
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: April 20: 5:00 - 9:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $20

Come help prepare and enjoy a three (3) home progressive dinner on Sanctuary Road. Appetizers and libation at the 1st home, main and side dishes at the second, and a nice dessert at the 3rd. Participants BYOB. All homes are minutes apart.
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