ASIA 297Fall

Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

Explore thousands of years of history while you travel 2,050 miles along the Silk Road!
Eugene Geinzer 甘优生
Course Introduction
Eugene Geinzer 甘优生
Eugene Geinzer 甘优生MFA, Pratt Institute of Art; M.Arch, Illinois Institute of Technology

Academic Advisor and Professor

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.

  • Traditional Chinese architecture
  • Drawing
  • 3-D design 
  • Ceramic sculpture
  • Woodworking

Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

This course is accredited through Loyola University Chicago
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Course Description

The purpose of the ENGAGING CHINA: Silk Road Excursion is to familiarize the student with the geography and history of the Qin through Qing Dynasties of China.

The Silk Road Excursion course is comprised of:

  • Three pre-trip introductory lectures / presentations
  • Two weeks of guided travel
  • Two to four lectures during the travel
  • One “reflection dinner” during trip to consider what is being learned
  • Student research topic presented as an 8 minute “in-progress” report during trip.
  • Daily (during 2 week trip) attendance at student presentations.
  • Two summary lectures / presentations at conclusion of trip.
  • Student 7 page (academic form) paper on research topic
  • Synoptic exam

Courses Outcomes

Preliminary lectures / presentations will introduce the student to the history and peoples of China. The Excursion itself is a physical validation of what has been read and heard. Prior to arriving in China the student will be assigned a research topic on the appropriate trip. S/he will have additional time in our library to study. During the travel at an appropriate site each student offers an in-progress report on, for example, the pre-eminence of calligraphy in Chinese culture. Staff and faculty will comment on the presentation in private. Further research and physical resources will be supplied. The student will photograph, interview, document and record data to corroborate the substance of his/her research. During travel a reflection dinner will aid students to digest the myriad images and experiences they will have had. At the conclusion of the trip two presentations will help gather up what has been learned. A written exam will be undertaken. A final draft of the research will be presented in academic form.