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An Evening with Brian: "Poo Bare"

Monday, June 10

Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Excrement is something we rarely discuss. Yet its production is vital for life, its composition of interest to microscopists, and this evening we discover how it has played a vital role in human history. The ancient Chinese and ancient Egyptians thought excrement would provide a clue to immortality. Wars were waged over feces, which also became a valued item of commerce, and were even used to produce award-winning works of fine art. This extraordinary saga has never been told, and here we have a lecture that truly is complete crap, from start to finish.

Professor Brian J. Ford is a leading authority on the microscope and a best-selling author, whose research is widely quoted in journals and encyclopedias. He is the author of the Critical Focus column, which has been published quarterly in The Microscope journal since 2010. When he is not speaking at Inter/Micro, Ford travels the world as a speaker and presents his work on television and radio. In 2017, Ford was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. He is a fellow of the Cardiff University; former tutor at Madingley Hall, Cambridge University; and president-emeritus of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. He has also served as a fellow of the Open University and visiting professor at Leicester University. Ford has given his Evening with Brian presentations at Inter/Micro for more than 30 years.

An Evening with Brian is free. A catered dinner preceding the presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the McCrone Garden ($40). Register and pay online or complete the fillable PDF attendee registration form for fax or snail mail.