Shelley Ochs is a licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. Her training includes an M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Bilingual Program of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and traditional apprenticeship training with senior acupuncturist Dr. Wang Juyi in Beijing. She was a co-translator for Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals, published by Paradigm Press in 2003, and has published articles on Chinese medicine in both English and Chinese. Her current research focuses on the origins of Chinese medicine in Shang Dynasty shamanistic culture.
Eugene Geinzer exhibited his whimsical furniture-sculpture in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lever House and Zabriskie Galleries of New York, and many university galleries. Gradually, while teaching packaging design, ceramic sculpture and woodworking at Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago, he began his dual life as teacher of sculpture and a student of architecture.
Eugene Geinzer exhibited his whimsical furniture-sculpture in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lever House and Zabriskie Galleries of New York, and many university galleries. Gradually, while teaching packaging design, ceramic sculpture and woodworking at Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago, he undertook larger and larger furniture commissions for universities and churches. What were once sculptures, he realized, were actually growing up to become architecture. Thus began his dual life as teacher of sculpture and a student of architecture. Here in Beijing he practiced woodworking by designing the bookcases for the Anton Library and as an architect by designing the future quarters of the TBC building on UIBE’s campus. An instinctual interest in Chinese Architecture spurred him to research of Domestic Dwellings and to invent a cross-disciplinary course in Traditional Chinese Architecture which he teaches now.
Ignacio (Tachi) has been researching and publishing for the last several years, with a focus on bridging Eastern and Western cultural traditions. Through his polyglot exposure to different friends and countries Tachi is enthusiastic about inspiring intercultural encounters for a world often lacking mutual understanding. TBC means for him a platform to take care of this long-range engagement. Check his work out on: Official WeChat: elcamino_chinese and www.buencamino.org.
Prof. Ramos, a former TBCer (2013-2014), received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Frankfurt´s Goethe State University after the publication of his book Jerónimo Nadal (1507-1580) und der „verschriftlichte“ Ignatius. Die Konstruktion einer individuellen und kollektiven Identität, a study of Humanism at the core of deep changes in the Europe of the 16th century. Prof. Ramos has remained on the track of those humanistic currents that, coming from Europe, rapidly spread throughout the world -reaching also the core of China- by means of pedagogy and intercultural exchange. Through several articles and conferences (“Trans-gressive Images”: Reflections on the Impact of Jerónimo Nadal´s Evangelicae Historiae Imagines in Late Ming dynasty, Pingdong University; “The Camino and Other Global Cultural Corridors”, Xiamen University; “New Forms of Pilgrimage”, Furen University) as well as long term projects (Wechat Platform of the Camino de Santiago for Chinese walkers 圣雅各之路, ID: elcamino_chinese; first webpage of the Jacob´s way in Chinese: www.buencamino.org), Prof. Ramos is engaging in a dialog about the impact of global exchange of traditions, especially those that, as the Jacob´s Way in Europe, are experiencing an increasing revival in the far East, namely: the 丝绸之路 “The Silk Road“ (newly renamed as 一带一路 “One Belt, One Road” project), 五岳之道 “The Route of the Five Sacred Mountains”, 茶马古道 “The Ancient Tea Horse Road“, 京杭大运河 “The Grand Canal” (from Beijing to Hangzhou), 四国遍路 “The Shikoku Pilgrimage (walk around the smallest island of Japan, according to the sacred Shintoist tradition), 长城 “The Great Wall”, 环岛”Trip around the island” in Taiwan, etc.