The Color Conference:
An investigation of social values, identity,
aesthetics, and the psychology of color

Presented by Houston Institute for Culture and
the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
at the University of St. Thomas

November 15 and 16, 2004, 6:00 - 8:30pm
University of St. Thomas, Anderson Auditorium
(in Anderson Hall, adjacent to Chapel of St Basil)

The Color Conference will introduce students and community members to new interests and ideas across disciplines and cultures. Presenters will explore concepts of color in media, psychology, art, politics, and in the modern sociology of our world.


Monday, November 15, 2004
6:00pm - Reception and Registration (free)
6:30pm - Welcome and Introduction
6:45pm - Debra Andrist, "The Color of Change: Morocco"
7:15pm - Nan Linke, "Chakras and Color: A Reflection of Unseen Energy"
7:45pm - Patricia Gras, "How Color Affects People from a Journalist's Point of View"
8:15pm - Panel discussion, Dr. Debra Andrist, moderator

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
6:00pm - Reception and Registration (free)
6:30pm - Michelle Bonilla, "Fear of Color in Modern Cultures"
7:00pm - Fernando Castro-Ramírez, "The Ideology of Color"
7:30pm - Reginald Adams, "Color, Culture and Community Development"
8:00pm - Panel discussion, audience open forum

The conference coordinator is Rose Mary Salum; the moderator is Dr. Debra Andrist.

Conference registration is free; refreshments will be provided.
For more information: Call 713-521-3686; or email

Anderson Auditorium, 3815 Mt. Vernon Street, Houston, Texas, 77006

Anderson Auditorium at University of St. Thomas is located in Anderson Hall (adjacent to Chapel of St. Basil), on Mt. Vernon Street two blocks south of West Alabama Street. (See Bldg. 20 on Map)

To contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages:
Call 713-525-6915; or go to


Reginald Adams, executive director, Museum Of Cultural Arts, Houston (MOCAH)
Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Adams is a public artist and community developer who lives in Houston, Texas. He is the co-founder and the Executive Director of the Museum Of Cultural Arts, Houston (MOCAH), a nonprofit arts organization. Adams is the board president of the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority. He also serves as a commissioner on the City of Houston's Municipal Arts Commission, and is a member of the Houston Independent School District Community Advisory Council District II. Using art and creativity as his tools for community development, Adams is the visionary behind a master planned cultural arts community, MOCAH Village, in Houston's historic Fifth Ward.

Adams is one of Houston's most prolific public artists; having produced over 60 community based public art projects over the past six years. Inspired by his travels around the globe, Adams has observed how the arts and culture serve as the epicenter for social and community development. His presentation provides highly creative insights into how Houston can use the arts and cultural heritage as stimulants for economic, educational and community development in communities of color.

Debra D. Andrist, Ph.D., Cullen Professor of Spanish, St. Thomas University
A tenured full professor holding the Cullen Chair of Spanish at the University of St. Thomas/Houston, Texas, Dr. Debra D. Andrist has lived and worked over the last 30 years in almost all of North, Central and South America and Western Europe, as well as Australia and Morocco. Her publication record includes books, articles, reviews, interviews, and translations, with several works pending and in manuscript in each aforementioned category. She has presented numerous scholarly papers at national and international conferences in addition to professionally-related presentations.

Her primary scholarly interest and accomplishment has been in Hispanic women's studies, particularly Latin American, though not limited to that area. Her extensive academic preparation in sociology, Hispanic studies (and several other languages and cultures), critical theory and comparative literature, has led her to be a sociologist/critical theorist who deals with both created and real societies. She has consciously chosen to work in the study of life experience via the literature and art of many periods and many ethnic traditions, which gives options, both for teaching expertise and scholarship. She has lived and worked with all sorts of diverse populations, both in this country and abroad, and is multilingual.

Michele Bonilla, professor of psychology, Rice University
Having been blessed with birth in Mexico and a bilingual upbringing, Michelle Bonilla yearned for spiritual enlightenment and became a non-denominational Minster who has traveled the world, seeking truth in all spiritual and healing practices. Michele graduated en 1978, making the dean list for the majority of her education at Rice University in Houston, TX. She holds a BA in both Psychology and Fine Arts and a Minor in Spanish Literature.

Her post-graduate studies include certification as an Aryuvedic practitioner, Registered Massage therapy Instructor and Advance Cranial/sacral therapist. Michele is the founder and owner of Eternal Springs Wellness Center in Houston, Texas.

Fernando Castro-Ramírez, art critic, writer and photographer, Rice University
In 1979 Fernando Castro-Ramírez (Lima, 1952) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to do graduate studies in philosophy at Rice University, Houston (1979-1985). His first book, Five Rolls of Plus-X, alternates poetry and photography. He began a career as a critic in 1988 writing for El Comercio (Lima); since then he has contributed to Lima Times, Photometro (San Francisco), Art-Nexus (Colombia), Cámara Extra (Caracas), (Los Angeles), Artlies, Visible, and, Spot (Houston), Aperture (New York), and other publications. He is a member of the advisory board of Aperture. His essay "Crossover Dreams" is featured in the voluminous award-winning book Image and Memory: Photography from Latin America 1867-1994(1998). His curatorial work includes "Modernity in the Southern Andes: Peruvian Photography 1900-1930."

Since 1996 he has been curator of photography at Sicardi Gallery (Houston) where he has curated: "Traces on the Glass: The Photographic Work of Geraldo de Barros 1948-1951(1998), "The Culture of Books and Light: The Photography of Abelardo Morell" (2001), etc. In 2000 he was co-curator of "The Art of Risk / The Risk of Art" (1999) and ³Stone² (Centro de la Imagen, 2004). Since 1997 his own photographic work has taken a political turn under the title "Reasons of State." Recently, his work was included by Spanish critic Paco Barragán in the book The Art to Come (2003). His most recent solo exhibit "The Ideology of Color" (2004) was shown at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires. His works are in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Dancing Bear Collection (New York), Lehigh University (Pennsylvania), Museo de Arte (Lima), etc. Castro-Ramírez currently lives in Houston.

Patricia Gras, producer and reporter, Houston PBS
Patricia Gras has a passion for television and music. She came to Houston PBS in 1990 as host of the weekly show Almanac. She has since become a full-time producer, reporter, host, Latin drummer and eternal dieter.

Patricia covers a montage of issues for the connection, but does have a few specialties, including medical and health issues, and international and community stories. Her knowledge is vast, with three masters' degrees from Esade, Thunderbird and Columbia in business, international management and journalism.

Patricia speaks five languages, and knows how to listen and learn. In her 14 year career, Patricia has won over 50 broadcasting awards and 4 suncoast regional Emmys. She has been inducted in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the Media. Patricia also serves as backup host for the connection and recently hosted and produced local outreach Channel 8 specials, such as the Chinese in Houston and Preschool for Children. Her "nighttime job" keeps her drumming, singing, and songwriting. She performs with "Barandua" a Latin folk-pop and flamenco band that is soon to release its second CD of original music "Our Songs."

Nan Linke, MD, psychologist and astrologer
Nan Hall Linke received her B.A. from the School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. Her area of specialization is Middle East Area Studies. She received her M.A. in Behavioral Science from University of Houston Clear Lake.

Nan began her counseling practice in 1971, using a combination of astrology, family of origin therapy, Jungian theory, dreams and rituals to help individuals, couples and families with resolution of trauma and personal growth issues. She taught many years at the C.G Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas, and has offered classes in Houston for 25 years. Her most popular classes are available on audio cassette.

Nan has been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles and been interviewed widely on radio and television. Known for her wit and bold language, she is greatly in demand as a speaker for a variety of groups.

Currently, Nan is pursuing a new career as a landscape designer, as well as her counseling and educational activities.