Professor Charles Griffin, chairman of the history department, attended a symposium at the University of Bordeaux, France, on “The History of Twentieth Century Latin America.”  The only American scholar attending, Professor Griffin said that the gathering, including English, Swedish, French scholars as well as those from 12 Latin American countries, was “an example of international intellectual cooperation.”  Griffin contributed a paper on the relative advantages of regional and national history for understanding contemporary Latin America to the conference, whose purpose, he said, was “to see the general trends of the period and to see how far one can talk about the area as a whole.”  He reported “a great deal of frankness by the Latin Americans about their own governments.  The tradition has been to keep away from recent history.  This willingness to deal with recent events is a new departure.”     The Miscellany News