Three Siena Heights University professors will teach at a one-week workshop in July at a Chinese university as part of an art exchange program.
SHU Professor of Theater Doug Miller, Assistant Professor of Art Erin Zerbe and adjunct music instructor Michael Yuen will travel to China to teach at the China Youth University for Political Sciences from July 8-15. The hands-on workshop will focus on drama performance, modern dancing, short film-making and photography.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what Siena Heights is doing for internationalization,” said SHU Director of International Studies Dan Morris. “This is the first time CYUPS is conducting these workshops, and to have Siena Heights, a Catholic, liberal arts institution, as a partner to a political science university geared towards the development of members of China’s political system is fantastic.”
Morris also credited former Siena Heights president Dr. Louis Vaccaro for assisting SHU in making the connections with CYUPS. Dr. Vaccaro has extensive experience in higher education ventures in China and southeast Asia.
CYUPS is located in Beijing and was established in 1985. It typically offers courses and training in areas such as politics, administration, economics, management and sociology. However, by inviting professors from American colleges and universities, CYUPS is hoping to improve the artistic abilities of its students, according to CYUPS officials.
Miller, Zerbe and Yuen will teach for one week in their respective disciplines and will be in China approximately 10 days while tailoring their workshop curriculum.