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.

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

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January 17, Awadagin Pratt, pianist

January 17, Awadagin Pratt, pianist

January 19, Women in the Arts - Tina Mion

January 19, Women in the Arts - Tina Mion

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11) Western Movie Night at the Buckhorn Opera House
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 40
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: December 1: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: Cash Bar
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48) Visit Macho Springs Wind Farm
Facilitator: Ron Groves & Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 session: Tuesday: November 22: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Visit the Macho Springs Wind Farm for a presentation and tour, given by the wind farm project manager. The recently completed wind farm is a great example of renewable energy generation in SW New Mexico. The visit will last about 2 hours, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Carpool to the site, located about half-way between Deming and Hatch on NM-26. The trip will take about 1 1/2 hrs each way. Optional lunch after the visit in either Hatch or Deming.
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54) Engage Your Brain CLOSED
Facilitator: Vicki Johnson
Enrollment Limit: CLOSED
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Wednesday & Friday: November 16, 18: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

It is important to challenge your brain to learn new and novel tasks, especially activities you’ve never done before. The games you will learn to play during this two-session, two-hour class will activate underused nerve pathways and connections, helping participants achieve a fit and flexible mind. The more we think, the better our brains function.
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6) Mahler, Symphonies 4 & 9: The Heavenly Life and Farewell
Facilitator: Jim Smith
Enrollment Limit: 50
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Wednesday: November 15, 16: 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Although Mahler’s Fourth and Ninth Symphonies are among the most traditional of his symphonies, they both contain profound personal statements about the tragic developments of the last decade of his life. The Fourth provides a child’s view of the world and the Ninth a passionate and touching farewell that ends by bringing music and silence together. This class will include an in-depth analysis of these two symphonies with special emphasis paid to the events of Mahler’s life from 1900 until his death in 1911.
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31) Falconry
Facilitator: Jim Rogers
Enrollment Limit:20
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Saturdays: November 12, 19: 7:15 - 11:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Experience the modern day practice of falconry accompanying Jim and his birds on two trips out in the field. We will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot and carpool to Dwyer Rd. and Hwy 180. This is about 40 miles from Silver City on Hwy 180 E. The first day, Jim will have his Harris Hawk, the second week he will have his Golden Eagle. As the birds are hunting, Jim will explain what it takes to be a falconer and train a bird of prey. With Jim's guidance, those who want to will be able to handle the birds. There will be walking as we follow the birds: maybe 1 mile the first week and up to 5 miles the second week with the eagle. There are no bathroom facilities available... you will be hiking out in the desert. Class members are asked to not wear fur coats or fur of any kind.
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