Students, faculty and staff at The University of Texas-Pan American had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with artists, writers and cultural critics from the United States and Mexico and learn new creative perspectives on life along the border during the XVI International Symposium on Modern Languages held on campus April 14-16. The opening ceremony of the symposium was held at the Student Union Theater with a keynote address by Dr. Javier Duran of the University of Arizona. The theme of this year's event was "On the Border: Cultural Production and Consumption in Contact Zones," which included three distinct but related sessions on literary and cultural criticism, linguistics and creative writing. The symposium also featured an art exhibit at the University Library that displayed photography by Byron Bauchli and Fernando Meza and artwork by Rivca Schneider. The conference was sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Department of Art, Department of Music, Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of International Programs, Office of External Affairs and the SW Bell Lecture Series.