Registration begins this week for the Fall 2014 slate of courses available through the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL). The term runs from Sept. 15 through Nov. 7. LEARN MORE.

New Seminar "Does Science Have a Spiritual Value" taught by Bob Powell now open for Registration! Read More

Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning at Wilmington College

With WILL, WIlmington College began a new outreach to the community in the spring of 2010. We are dedicated to providing challenging seminars for those 40 and older in the greater Wilmington area. Our objective is to lead all who wish to join us to new ideas, possibly to new experiences, and to pleasure in the pursuit of continued, shared learning. This term begins our fifth year of serving the community.

WILL Seminars 

The seminars meet once a week for 1 to 2 hours. Some meet for two weeks, some for four weeks, some for six weeks, and some for eight weeks as each instructor wishes. There are no educational requirements, no tests and no grades for the seminars. Topics vary from the arts to the sciences to use of computers, quilting, film, and photography. Our objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote the joy of learning. Participants are encouraged to keep up with any assigned readings and to contribute to seminar discussions. 

Upcoming Event


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a jury in a death penalty case?

Imagine yourself as a member of a jury listening to Socrates’ defense of his life as a philosopher in Athens in 399BCE. If he loses this case, Socrates faces the death penalty. Does his defense appear strong or weak in your view? SOCRATES ON TRIAL, a one-person performance of this philosopher’s defense offered approximately 2,400 years ago, aims to transport you back to one of the most famous trials in history as recorded in part in Plato’s The Apology (“Defense”)

Through this dramatization, you will encounter challenging questions Socrates raised during discussions in the streets of Athens, ones which remain issues for us today—Can virtue be taught? Are there any teachers of virtue in our community? What is wisdom? Is anyone truly wise? Is a role model responsible for the actions of followers? Does wealth bring goodness or does goodness bring wealth to individuals and to the state? Is death to be feared?

You will hear Socrates’ final appeal to the jury when he has an opportunity as the defendant to suggest an alternative to the death penalty. What happens during this closing section of the defense may surprise you as it seems to have surprised the 500 jurors voting on Socrates’ fate. After voting Socrates guilty by a count of 280 (guilty) to 220 (not guilty), the jurors upheld the death penalty by a vote of 360 – 140. What explains this difference between the two votes?

Following this fifty minute performance on Wednesday evening, the audience will be invited to enter into discussion of Socrates’ case. Please come share in this dramatization of Plato’s ancient text.

  • November 4 (12:00 – 1:00)
  • November 5 (7:30 – 9:00)
  • McCoy Room, Kelly Center
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Margaret A. Guentert
(937) 382-6661 ext. 226

FALL 2014 WILL Sessions

September 15-November 7