Dr. Marty O. Cohen
Dr. Marty O. Cohen has a doctorate in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Columbia University. He has lectured on history, science, and the historic approach to Bible at Road Scholar (nee Elderhostel) seminars, the Melton Institute, alumni associations, synagogues, culture clubs, and many times here at the Collaborative. He is a member of TLC board and is the catalog editor.
Allied Disinformation, Deception, and Code Breaking in WWII
Some think that “Military Intelligence” is an oxymoron. How wrong they are! During WWII, the Allies changed the course of the war in both the European and Pacific theaters by the successful use of disinformation, deception, and code breaking. This class will cover some of the most spectacular examples.
The Sumerians: The “Inventors” of Civilization
The Sumerians of ancient Iraq, who were lost to history until modern times, created an astounding civilization. They revolutionized agriculture, science and technology, governmental organization, warfare and just about every other aspect of civilization way back as far as 7,500 years ago. Echoes of Sumerian religion reverberate throughout the opening chapters of the Biblical book of Genesis. You will be amazed to learn how the Sumerian innovations still are with us after so many years.
1.3.2 Science in the News
Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this class, the prior weeks’ most important scientific news items will be presented and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged. ALL NEW ITEMS!
The Quirky English Language
English is the unchallenged present day international language. It is the most widely used language in commerce, on the Internet, and in the field of entertainment. However, it is also highly quirky, which makes it unique among languages. In this class we will look at, and hopefully enjoy, many of these quirks.
Recent News in Science
Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this class, the prior few weeks’ most important scientific news items will be presented and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged.
The Amazing Biblical Books of Esther and Daniel
Esther and Daniel, the last two books to be added to the Hebrew Bible, were written and circulated in the province of Judah in response to the bitter persecutions of Antiochus IV, the Greek-Syrian despot of the 2nd century BCE. Esther became vitally important to Jews while Daniel became equally important to Christians. Join with Marty as we examine, from an historical point of view, key passages from these two books and see what they were really all about. NEW!
Let’s Take a Good Look at Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Why did Shakespeare write this play? What do we make of it? Is it outright anti-Semitism, sympathy for the oppressed, or somewhere in between? (It would be helpful, but not essential, to have the text of the play in front of you during class.)
Science in the News
Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this course, the prior week’s most important scientific news items will be presented to the class and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged.
The Amazing Biblical Book of Samuel
Foreign enemies, a leader who doesn’t want to step down when his time has come, passionate love, bitter hatred, forbidden sex, highly dysfunctional families, jealousy, revenge, plagues, and, of course, religion. It’s all there in the incredible biblical book of Samuel that chronicles events that took place over 3,000 years ago. Join with Marty as we explore key passages together and see what it all means today.