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Mr. George Cohan

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Background

Employment History

  • Lecturer In the Division of Educational Outreach
    UNLV
  • Student
    Quar'an
  • Lecturer
    School of Continuing Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Teacher
    UNLV's Lifelong Learning Institute
Web References
George Cohan, 83, a UNLV ...
www.lasvegassun.com, 15 Jan 2008 [cached]
George Cohan, 83, a UNLV lecturer, has traveled to 114 countries.Cohan has collected many objects during his travels, including Japanese woodblock prints that cover the walls of his Henderson home.
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George Cohan's collection
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George Cohan on India
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George Cohan on Kilimanjaro
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To enter George Cohan's Henderson home is to walk into another world.
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Ask about any of them and Cohan, with a smile, will share with you memories of a journey abroad.Maybe he will tell you about that time he spent 15 days riding across the Sahara on camelback, following Tuareg guides.Or about the time he toured a movie studio on the outskirts of Pyongyang in North Korea.
The son of a globe-trotting mercenary, Cohan inherited his father's wanderlust.Since World War II carried him overseas for the first time to Burma, China and India, the UNLV lecturer has visited 114 countries on six continents.
"I'm not the type to just look at the museums," Cohan says."I'm there to absorb the country, the feel of the place."
He wants to know what people elsewhere value: "What drives them, what motivates them, what things they consider precious."
At 83, Cohan embodies the dream of lifelong learning promoted by UNLV's division of educational outreach, where he teaches.
He lectures on Asia and the Middle East.This week, he will lead a tour group to Vietnam for a private company that connects travelers with academics.
With decades of journeying behind him, Cohan charms his students with the same tales of adventure that have entertained friends and family for years.
An educator and explorer, he is, above all else, a storyteller.
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"My father was a soldier of fortune in his early years, and he traveled the entire world," Cohan says."I grew up under a man who had been everywhere."
As Cohan recounts them, his dad's voyages seem more the stuff of tall-tale fiction than of reality.His father, Charles, seems larger than life.
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Though the two became close friends later in life, Cohan and his dad rarely spoke to each other when Cohan was a boy.
"I was a puny little runt that he was ashamed of, really," Cohan says.
Still, his mother's accounts of his father's travels stoked Cohan's curiosity about the world.So as a man, he embarked on an odyssey of his own.The journey never ended.
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World War II rages in the Pacific.Cohan, a demolitions specialist in the Army Corps of Engineers, is walking through the jungles of Burma.Tired, he sits down on a log.
The log starts moving.
Looking down, Cohan realizes the log is not a log at all, but a 15-foot python.He leaps up, screaming, and runs for half a mile, his heart pounding.
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George Cohan's accounts of his journeys abroad, vivid and thrilling, emboldened his children to travel as soon as they had time and money.
A retired advertising executive, he has six kids.His first wife died of cancer.His second, who suffers from Alzheimer's, stays at an assisted-living facility in Southern California.
He lives alone with a cat.But in his students he has found another audience eager to hear about his overseas jaunts.
He sprinkles his talks with anecdotes about people he encounters abroad guides or drivers, fellow customers at a cafe, says Terrie Bernard, 76, a longtime student going on this week's Vietnam trip.
An actor who has performed with theater groups, Cohan brings his stage skills to the classroom.
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And when it comes to lifelong education, Cohan is not only a teacher but a scholar, too.He spends about a third of the year traveling, learning about other cultures, other ways of living.
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And George Cohan's adventures, his spirit, will survive long after he is gone.They will live on in his loved ones' memories, through his stories.
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A light rain falls outside.An orange cat sleeps on the table.Lamplight illuminates Japanese woodblock prints hanging on the walls of George Cohan's living room.And the octogenarian, with a sparkle in his eyes, leans back in his chair.
He is ready to tell his story.
Escorted by George ...
travelearn.com, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Escorted by George CohanGeorge Cohan is a lecturer in the Division of Educational Outreach at University of Nevada Las Vegas on Asian history, politics, and religion.He has traveled in more than 100 countries and has visited China numerous times, journeying to the remotest corners of the country.His informed writing on the Orient has received wide distribution.He is also an instructor in classical Chinese cooking and a collector of oriental art.His experience along with his leadership qualities and past travel make him an excellent escort for this program
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www.travelearn.com, 15 Nov 2005 [cached]
TraveLearn's Egypt Yesterday & Today Program, January 17-29, 2006 will be escorted by George Cohan who is a lecturer for the School of Continuing Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Middle Eastern and Asian history, politics, and religion.He has visited the Middle East numerous times and has participated in archaeological explorations in Egypt and Israel.He has been a student of the Quar'an for more than thirty years and has written and spoken widely about understanding Islam and the cultures of the troubled Middle East.Mr. Cohan is teaching a course on the Middle East for UNLV's Lifelong Learning Institute in the fall of 2005.
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travelearn.com, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Escorted by George CohanEscorted by George Cohan, a lecturer in the Division of Educational Outreach at University of Nevada Las Vegas on Asian history, politics, and religion.He has traveled in more than 100 countries and has visited Viet Nam numerous times, journeying to the remotest corners of the country.His informed writings on the Orient have received wide distribution.
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