What is
Lunch & Learn?
12:00 Noon to 1:00pm

WNMU, ABC Room (First Floor) of the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center (GRC)
12th Street, Silver City.
(unless otherwise noted)

FREE and Open-to-the-Public

Lunch and Learn is potpourri of learning experiences that demonstrates the "diversity university" WILL has become.

Bring a friend, a "brown bag" lunch and an inquisitive mind. Be ready to enjoy a new learning experience every week.
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WNMU, Global Resource Center, ABC Room (first floor)
(unless otherwise noted in the event description)
WEDNESDAYS, 12 NOON to 1:00 pm

FREE and Open-to-the-Public.


Conducting Citizen Inventories in the Gila National Forest
Come learn about the upcoming US Forest Service's Gila Land Use Plan Revision, and the role that citizens will play in the creation of this document. It's a large agency document that will govern how the Gila National Forest is managed for the next two to three decades. (The Gila's Land Use plan was last updated in 1986.) The Obama administration issued new Forest Service directives in 2012. Nathan would like to talk with folks about what this means, what it looks like, and how the public can get involved.

Nathan Newcomer, the name notwithstanding, is a fifth-generation New Mexican. His great-uncle drilled the well at Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch. Nathan has been working on wilderness campaigns in this state for over a decade, serving the organization New Mexico Wild as a grassroots organizer, media director, and associate director. After spending a year conducting wilderness inventories in the Cibola National Forest, he is now NM Wild's Gila grassroots organizer. An avid backpacker and fly-fisherman, when indoors he likes to paint with pastels.
Presenter: Nathan Newcomer
SEPTEMBER 10; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
A former optical and imaging systems engineer, Asher Gelbart applies his engineering skills to simple, low-tech sustainable infrastructures for living in close harmony with the earth. Through consultations, installations, trade shows, workshops, and presentations, he promotes such measures as rainwater harvesting earthworks, rainwater storage cisterns, greywater systems, composting toilets, passive and active solar systems, domestic solar hot water, solar ovens, solar dehydrators, mini-solar greenhouses and coldframes, and biofuels based in waste vegetable oil.

Asher is the owner and operator of a local small business, Green Energy Now. A certified Rainwater Harvester and Permaculture Designer, he is passionate about creating regenerative landscapes that over time increase in abundance and beauty with minimal human maintenance.
Presenter: Asher Gelbart
SEPTEMBER 17; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: NOTE LOCATION: 3rd floor MEETING room in the Student Memorial Building
State of the Art: Navajo Weavers and Their Creativity
Where do Navajo weavers get ideas for their rug designs? What is happening as a weaver works at her loom day after day? How is weaving taught through the generations? What are the future prospects for Native American weaving? These and other questions will be discussed as Ann explores the "state of the art," looking at Navajo weaving from past to future.

Ann Lane Hedlund is a cultural anthropologist interested in fiber artists around the world. In 2013 she retired from the University of Arizona and Arizona State Museum in Tucson, and then ascended to Silver City citizenship. A handspinner, dyer, and weaver earlier in her career, she has followed the lives of many Native and Spanish American weavers and documented the textiles resulting from their creativity. Her books include Reflections of the Weaver's World (Denver Art Museum), Thoughts that Count: Contemporary Navajo Weaving (Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff), Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century (University of Arizona), and Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University). Ann lives in a 1906 house near downtown Silver City where she gardens, writes, and may some day return to weaving.
Presenter: Ann Lane Hedlund
SEPTEMBER 24; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
In a meeting organized and introduced by Bill Charland, Ivonne Romero of The Pink Stores and Peter Edmunds of Border Partners will discuss the present and future prospects of the town of Palomas in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Ivonne Romero is the co-owner with her husband, Sergio Romero, of The Pink Stores in Palomas and Silver City. The mother of four children, and shopkeeper and coordinator for the stores, she says she was certified by a traveling circus to juggle everything that comes her way. She's pictured here with her dog, Tomas, who brightens their days.

Peter Edmunds founded and ran a successful business for thirty years before retiring to New Mexico with his wife, Polly Thomson Edmunds. They helped start the nonprofit group Border Partners, which works alongside the people of Palomas to improve life in that community. Peter is always looking for creative ways to promote economic development in Palomas--for example, by manufacturing low-cost water filters designed by New Mexico State University personnel along with Border Partners.

With an idea from Ivonne Romero in 2008, Polly Edmunds helped seven women from Palomas start their business, Palomas Oilcloth Designs. It has grown into a stable enterprise with regular customers and an online store that provides income for seven families.
Presenters: Bill Charland, Ivonne Romero, and Peter Edmunds
OCTOBER 1; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
Many of our common (and uncommon) New Mexico birds are named after people. Come and learn about the men and women whose names are preserved every day by birders.

An Englishman, Brian Dolton emigrated to the US in 2008. Last fall he taught a WILL course on the Vikings. Brian has been birding for more than forty years and has watched birds on five continents. Currently he organizes the field trips for the Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society. He spent this summer monitoring endangered species along the Gila River.
Presenter: Brian Dolton
OCTOBER 8; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
Two Approaches to Fine Art
Nan Spragins of the Seedboat Gallery will introduce, by proxy, two artists whom she considers exceptionally talented and important. Both artists will present slides of their work and discuss how they did it.

Diane Aldrich Kleiss was born in the American heartland, in a farming community of Iowa. She ventured way north for college, to the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she took a BFA in painting, with a minor in art history, and a K-12 teaching degree. She has taught art in public schools and at her studio and several art centers. Her midwestern life was surrounded by, and living from, nature's bounty and all its inconsistencies. Her work reflects strong images of the cyclic farm seasons--and moody reminders of an encroaching industrial world.

After working for many years in oil, acrylic, and clay she has turned to painting and sculpting with a beeswax medium. This substance--harvested from the land, along with the use of nature's detritus--gives her canvases a clear intent to draw the viewer's attention to our environment, with an accent on the human stresses on our eco systems. "The creative process," she says, "helps me morph the dialogue in my head into visual metaphor; the world of man and nature caught in a symbiotic relationship--a fluid border for the industrial 21st century."

Timothy Hasenstein is an American painter, sculptor, and educator. Born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he grew to favor nature's icons: bones and branches and other found objects which play a dominant role in his work. His sculptures are very organic, made from materials found on walks, hikes, and adventures. In graduate school at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, he was influenced by the New York school of Abstract Expressionism through the works and teaching of Milton Resnick, who was then artist-in-residence there.

From this unusual combination of influences, Timothy developed a particular painting style he calls Abstract Impressionism, reflecting Monet's late French Impressionism as well as his mentor Resnick's late Abstract Expressionism. (Most abstract expressionists apparently never went outdoors.) His major works include the "Voyage," "Solace of the Arch," and "Tree as a Metaphor of Self" series (all paintings), and the "Spirit Vessels" and "Faces of Evolution" series (sculptures).

After living in the Lowertown Lofts, a community of artists in St. Paul, Minnesota, for some years, he moved to Silver City in the summer of 2008.
Presenter: Diane Aldrich Kleiss & Timothy Hasenstein
OCTOBER 15; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room