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About the Celebration of Inquiry

The Celebration of Inquiry is a celebration of creative inquiry and creative expression by the Coastal Carolina University community. It features a well-known keynote speaker, well-regarded plenary speakers, presentations by faculty, students, and community members, and an array of performances. The Celebration of Inquiry provides a platform for members of the Coastal Carolina University community to share research, encourage creative thinking, and showcase creative expression.

PLEASE click on the "2014 COI Program" link to the left to see all the sessions this year!

The idea was first conceived by Dr. Sara Lyles Sanders, Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University, who wanted to unite our university community in interdisciplinary conversation around a common theme. She shared her idea with Dr. Joan Piroch, Professor of Psychology, and the two of them invited interested faculty and staff to discuss the idea. Over 100 people attended the meeting and together created the first Celebration of Inquiry in 1999. Since then, the Celebration of Inquiry brought prominent speakers to Coastal Carolina University including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Ray Kurzweil. It also led to hundreds of presentations by faculty, staff, students, and community members as well as to the creation of Bridges, a journal of student research.  

This year the Celebration of Inquiry will take place between March 31 and April 3. All the classes at Coastal Carolina University will be redirected to Celebration of Inquiry sessions between April 1 at 12:05 p.m. and April 2 at 5:00 p.m. The keynote address by Joe Moglia, head football coach at Coastal Carolina University and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, will take place between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. on April 1 at Wheelwright Auditorium. The keynote address is free but requires a ticket.

The Annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition will be held on April 1-2, 2014 as a component of the Celebration of Inquiry.  The Competition celebrates the accomplishments of our undergraduate researchers and provides a venue for the dissemination of their work. All CCU undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstract to present research that they performed during the 2013-1014 school year. Please click on Undergraduate Research Competition for more information.