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Coastals inquiry to feature author of The Gift: ESP

February 13, 2006

Sally Rhine Feather, a clinical psychologist and co-author of The Gift: ESP, the Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People, is the plenary speaker for Coastal Carolina Universitys Celebration of Inquiry on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in Wall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The fifth Celebration of Inquiry conference is two days of lectures, presentations and performances, from the Wednesday night keynote address to Thursday and Fridays full days of events and programs. The university-wide academic conference is designed to unite all the various disciplines on campus in discussions on a common theme.

Feather will speak on The Reach of the Mind. Her famous parents, Drs. J.B. and Louisa Rhine are considered the founders of scientific parapsychology, a field now recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A clinical psychologist, Feather worked as a researcher at the Duke Lab/FRNM until 1969. She worked more than 30 years as a clinical psychologist in mental health and psychiatric clinics and in private practice in North Carolina and New Jersey. She served on the board of the Parapsychology Association for 10 terms and remains an active member. Since 1995 she has been actively involved at the Rhine Research Center (RRC), serving for five years as Chairman of the RRC board, and now as director of development and business manager of the Journal of Parapsychology. Feather earned a bachelors degree in biology from the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. from Duke University in experimental psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina.

The conference theme for the 2006 event is Living the Questions: Creating, Connecting, Changing. The theme was inspired by a quote from German poet Rainer Maria Rilkes Letters to a Young Poet: Live the questions now . . . someday far into the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Coastal students, faculty, staff and community leaders will lead numerous other sessions on a wide range of topics. On both days of the event all Coastal classes will be re-directed to conference sessions. Many Coastal students will be involved as presenters in the sessions, which will include workshops, performances, panel discussions, lectures and other interactive formats to promote inquiry. All events are open to the public at no charge.

The conference will conclude with Jazz After Hours with Dan OReilly, featuring CCUs big band led by music professor OReilly, on Friday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Wall Auditorium.

For more information about the conference and a list of sessions, visit