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People who have attended the UDLA congresses strongly dispute Tim Brown's version of events at the Congresses of the Americas. They say he was much too aggressive and polemical. I myself thought the idea of bringing repentant guerrilla leaders to a Mexican university conference was a dangerous, and therefore a bad idea. Critics also say that the publication of their statements by the Hoover Press will bring us back to the bad old days when Hoover was generally viewed as hopelessly reactionary. In my modest way, I have been trying to pull Hoover back to its original role of studying war and revolution and seeking a way to peace. This task has been taken over by the well-known Center for International Security and Cooperation and the little known Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, headed by Nobel laureate Kenneth Arrow. One of its members if Psychology Professor Lee Ross, who is interested in the psychological causes of war. I am trying to get in touch with him.
I must point out that, even though I was the originator of the UDLA-Hoover tie and am in terms of years the senior Latin Americanist at Stanford, I was never once consulted about Hoover's role in the UDLA program. I stress my total commitment to promoting UDLA, which is a beacon of light in the Latin American academic scene.
Ronald Hilton - 10/13/99