Brian J. Ford (right) and Professor David Conning, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation.
CAMBRIDGE, England - If you are planning a trip
to Europe next summer, be sure to include in your itinerary the
exhilarating four-day Mensa at Cambridge educational gathering.
You'll be housed in historic Magdalene College, where Samuel
Pepys' original library building still stands, dine sumptuously
in the spectacular candle-lit hall and hear a myriad of
mind-expanding lecturers - each world-renowned in his or her
For the 1994 gathering, held August 4-8, the
topic was techno-tyranny, an exciting look at the battle to keep
up with the pace of science. Forty-five Mensans attended the
conference, which was chaired by a true renaissance man, a
scientist, author, inventor and television personality, the
super-dynamic Brian J. Ford. Speakers included writers and
educators, and leaders in government and business.
Victor Serebriakoff, the International President
of Mensa, was the honoured guest. He conducted a challenging,
two-hour "think-in" as the closing event of the
program. Mensa at Cambridge began eight years ago when Victor,
together with Sir Clive Sinclair, conceived the idea of bringing
together Mensans from all over the world to enjoy a celebration
of intellect within the hallowed halls of Cambridge University.
This year Mensans came from Bermuda, Canada, Australia, America
and Germany, as well as from all over England.
The topic for next year's gathering, which will be held August 3-7, will he "The Cutting Edge," with speakers who are involved in current research that will forever change the world. The disciplines will range from psychology to surgery. The total cost is less than you might pay for a good hotel, far less than the cost of any similar management course. And, as a bonus, the magic of Cambridge is free.
Virginia Adair, Atlanta, Ga.