Herbert Marcuse
Herbert Marcuse
Scholars and activists

Lowell Bergman Bio

Bergman, Lowell Lowell Bergman(b. late 1940s), professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, former investigative journalist and producer of CBS's 60 Minutes and PBS's Frontline.

  • From Danny Postel's August 2000 interview with Bergman:
    "I studied with him [Herbert] as a graduate fellow in philosophy at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) from 1966 to 1969. It was a Ph.D. program in the history of philosophy. I completed the written exams but never finished, although I did stay in touch with him until his death a decade later. Marcuse conducted a lecture for upper division and graduate students in German philosophy and a regular seminar on Kant and Hegel. I participated in the seminar and audited the lecture." (for much more, see the Nov. 2003 Postel interview [9/2012: web archive version])
  • On page 3 of a Jan. 2001 interview with Harvey Kreisler Bergman talks more in-depth about his theoretical influences and differences by Marcuse.
  • 2000 biographical interview (2001-06, now web archive) by Russell Crowe:
    "After getting deeply involved academically in the quest for a "new revolutionary theory" [e.g. Marcuse], I also began to try and figure out what I should do to change things. Then in 1968, students in Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Berlin demonstrated, struck and shouted the names 'Mao, Marx & Marcuse!" Now the old professor was 70 years old and living in La Jolla, Calif., where he walked to UC-San Diego every morning. Local right-wing vigilantes cut his phone lines, shot at his house while the daily paper editorialized that he should be fired.
    Yours truly was one of his graduate fellows in the ph.d. program getting a migraine reading Hegel in the original. One hundred pages an academic year in the seminar. After doing some bodyguard duty and general scheming with my colleagues we joined with some locals in San Diego and started a weekly newspaper.
    Our first thought was to use our academic skills and dig into who ran San Diego. The rest is history. . . . "
  • PBS interview about The Insider;UC Berkeley web listing
Index entries: Bergman, Lowell
Updated: 2005