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CCU opens Celebration of Inquiry to community

February 7, 2014

Coastal Carolina University announces its 2014 Celebration of Inquiry from March 31 through April 3, a four-day conference of invited speakers, presentations and entertainment based on the theme “The Human Spirit: Overcoming Adversity to Accomplish Greatness.” The community is invited to attend at no charge and to submit proposals for programs.

The Celebration of Inquiry (COI) was first mounted at CCU in 1999 as a platform for members of the university community to share research, encourage creative thinking and showcase unique expression of ideas. It features a well-known keynote speaker, several plenary speakers and presentations by faculty, students and community members, along with an array of performances of art, music and theater.

Classes are redirected for a portion of the event, ensuring that students take advantage of the sessions.

This year, CCU’s Head Football Coach Joe Moglia, a former CEO of TD Ameritrade, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Wheelwright Auditorium.

Entertainment sessions will include the Songwriters of the Strand Concert at 7 p.m. on April 2 and a concert by David Bankston and Friends at 7:30 p.m. on April 3.

Other speakers featured will be Winona LaDuke, a Native American land rights activist, environmentalist, economist, politician and author, ?speaking on “Track: Society & Gender,” and Eric Brown, an associate professor of philosophy at Washington University who specializes in Greek views on happiness.

Coastal classes will be redirected to the COI sessions between April 1 at 12:05 p.m. and April 2 at 5 p.m.

The presentations will be organized along six multidisciplinary content areas: arts and humanities; business and the economy; education and human development; science and technology; ethics and the environment; and society and gender.

To submit sessions, including presentations, panel discussions, debates, films, etc., contact Yoav Wachsman at or call 843-349-2683.