Lecturer Roberto Lovato, coordinator of the Central American studies program, has been teaching a course called "The Salvadoran Experience" and has presided over some spirited discussions.
"I've had kids try to defend the use of death squads to enforce stability," he said.
Last semester, Lovato asked his class to pretend they were Central American coffee growers.
You have stolen the land from the peasants, he told them. You're making money hand over fist, and you have the national guard at your disposal, but the indigenous people, the landless, are angry. What do you do?