Alan R. Wald Bio
Wald, Alan R. (b. ?1946)
- From an Aug. 2006 e-mail, from Sherman Oaks:
I was a student of
your grandfather from 1967-1969.
I remember him giving a public lecture on campus in one of the large lecture
halls (in fact his class room lectures were so popular that registered
students had to show a special ID care that proved they were in the class
to get in) and a student asked for direction in terms of today's politics.
Marcuse replied that back in Germany when he was active they did "their
thing" (he didn't use those exact words) and that you should do yours.
He then told us one of his favorite quotes from Marx. "There is no
blueprint for a free society". I believe this is in Vol II of Das
Kapital at that time was not widely read and possibly not available yet
in English translation (I am not sure about this but I seem to remember
something to that effect).
Another time, in class, a student tried to elicit a personal opinion from
him and he replied "We are studying Hegel, not Marcuse."
His office was always open for anyone (including the six young republicans
on campus) to come in and visit and chat about anything.
- I received the
following in an email in July 2009:
Also my friend Alan Wald took Marcuse's philosophy class at ucsd when Angela
Davis was the TA. It was very popular. On the class reading list was Sartre's
Anti-semite and Jew & propaganda section form Mein Kampf. I just found
that interesting. According to Alan professor Marcuse refused to speak
on his works in class and stayed on the class subject.
Alan is the son of screenwriter Malvin Wald.