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 noted otherwise)

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 noted otherwise.
WEDNESDAYS, 12 NOON to 1:00 pm

FREE and Open-to-the-Public.


An appreciation of classical music does not require the ability to read music or play an instrument. However, the enjoyment of classical music can be enhanced by understanding the musical eras in which pieces of music were created, as well as a few key elements of what to listen for from each era. This lecture provides an introduction to understanding a type of music that generally offers far more musical content than so-called "popular" music.

Jim Smith is a former high school history teacher who now works as a writer, educational consultant, publisher, and teacher in lifelong learning programs. He has made presentations on the art of teaching history to teachers and administrators throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. He has written many articles and three books: Catherine's Son, Skipper Hall, and Ideas that Shape a Nation. Jim has been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and as a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
Presenter: James Smith
JANUARY 15; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
The terrible Yarnell Hill Wildfire of last summer, which killed 19 firefighters in Arizona, has reminded us of the routine dangers faced by the "hotshot" crews who contend with erratic wind, weather, and wildfires in very difficult terrains. Julian Lee will recall the Decker Wildfire of 1959, which killed six firefighters in southern California, and will track the changes in wildland firefighting practice and technology since then.

Julian Lee spent his college summers as a hotshot crewman for the US Forest Service in southern California. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and went to junior and senior high school in San Francisco. He studied biology at UC-Davis, San Diego State, and the University of Kansas. Julian taught biology at the University of Miami for 30 years. "But having been imprinted on the Southwest as a boy," he says, "I felt misplaced in the Southeast." He took early retirement and moved to Silver City in 2006. He has written two books on the amphibians and reptiles of the Yucatan, both published by Cornell, and is married to Lynn Haugen, a fellow biologist.
Presenter: Julian Lee
JANUARY 22; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
On the vexed issues of bilingual education, cultural attitudes toward schooling, and academic achievement gaps among various ethnic groups, a great deal of hot air has been expended, especially by politicians, especially by Arizona politicians. This event offers three speakers who actually know something about these issues.

Lydia Huerta Moreno is an assistant professor of Spanish and of Chicano/Chicana Studies at WNMU. Born in Mexico, she attended secondary school in Austin, Texas and received her PhD in Literatures and Cultures in Portuguese and Spanish from the University of Texas. She is passionate about teaching in her areas of interest, which include Spanish for heritage learners, identity politics, violence, ethics, sex-trafficking, and globalization. She approaches these subjects through the contemporary literature, film, and art of Chicano/a, Mexican, Spanish, and Brazilian cultures.

Margarita P. Wulftange is an assistant professor of elementary education and chair of the department of Chicano/Chicana and Hemispheric Studies at WNMU. She taught bilingual elementary education for many years in California and Oregon. After training colleagues and working with parents, she went back to graduate school to become a teacher educator. She studied at UC-Santa Barbara, UC-San Diego, and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Her dissertation examined the language ideologies of student teachers. Dr. Wulftange loves to help K-12 students and their teachers with the learning process, and she recognizes that parents are a vital component for successful students and schools. She came to WNMU in 2008 from the University of San Diego.

Alexandra Neves is an assistant professor of bilingual education/TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at WNMU. Born in Brazil, a teacher and writer, she has lived on three continents. Among her published writings is the book From ESL Students to Bilingual/ESOL Teachers--A Journey (2009). For the last three years she has undertaken public drives in the Silver City area to provide school supplies and winter coats for the children of Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her husband, J.J. Wilson, is writer-in-residence at WNMU.
Presenters: Professors Lydia Huerta, Margarita Wulftange, and Alexandra Neves
JANUARY 29; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
This event will begin with a short film from the late 1930s that shows Silver City's downtown businesses of that era--and urges people, in properly stentorian tones, to buy from local entrepreneurs. So, these issues have been with us for a long time.

We need both our downtown businesses and the big-box stores out on Route 180, but finding a proper balance between them has been elusive. The subject will be approached from the Past (Tom Hester), Present (Lee Gruber) and Future (George Julian Dworin).

Tom Hester is a lapsed Texan, born in Austin and raised in Lubbock. He was schooled in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, then worked for the Justice Department in Washington for twenty years. Tom and his wife, Consuelo, moved to Silver City eight years ago. Last summer he was one of the main organizers of the first Southwest Festival of the Written Word. An inveterate reader, he says his favorite authors are Mark Twain and Woody Allen.

"I am a born entrepreneur," Lee Gruber says, "and started my first business at the age of seven." A native New Yorker, she moved to Silver City in the early 1990s and founded Syzygy Tile with her husband David. Three years ago she conceived of and organized the first Silver City Clay Festival, now an annual summertime celebration. In her spare time, which must be ample, Lee undertakes substantial bicoastal grandmotherly responsibilities in San Francisco and New York. She has been a persistent advocate for the local, downtown businesses of Silver City. "I believe that at the heart of every small rural community," she says, "is a thriving downtown that helps to support and drive the local economy."

George Julian Dworin has been the director of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District since last spring. He came from over twenty years of experience in advertising and business management. A longtime Tucson resident, a devoted artist, outdoorsman, and mountain biker, he has been visiting Silver City since 1991 and moved here full-time two years ago. In January 2012, soon after arriving, he won the contest at Isaac's hat party with the "best hat overall."
Presenters: Lee Gruber, Tom Hester, and George Julian Dworin
FEBRUARY 5; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
Ever since the Italian Renaissance, the ascent of modernity has been measured and expressed by a vogue for numbers and statistics. This has produced a rather quaint faith in quantification: a notion that anything truly important can be nailed down in numbers, and that anything beyond such impalement--such as art, love, sunsets, and religious belief--is somehow less worth considering. Bill Baldwin, who likes to think in large terms, will recount and ponder this encroaching numerality.

Bill and Caroline Baldwin moved to Silver City from Massachusetts two decades ago. Bill graduated from Harvard College, majoring in linguistics and near eastern languages, and pursued an international business career in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Later Bill and Caroline both earned master's degrees in library and information science at Simmons College in Boston. In Silver City they have been active in local nonprofits and musical groups. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Presenter: Bill Baldwin
FEBRUARY 12; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room
Dr. Lash, Silver City's urologist in residence, will discuss matters of large and growing concern to most male geezers and to the people who live with them. These matters include sexuality, leaky pipes, random clogs, repeated nocturnal missions, and the ever-annoying prostate gland. Also, more cheerfully, some relevant improving measures.

Dr. Amos Lash graduated from Wayne State University in 1973 and Stanford Medical School in 1976. He did his internship and residency at the UC-San Francisco Medical Center. He moved to Silver City a few years ago.
Presenter: Dr. Amos Lash
FEBRUARY 19; Noon - 1:00pm
Location: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room