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The SIGnboard

March-April 2010

The Harvard Alumni Association has approved more than 20 Shared Interest Groups; a complete list appears at Harvard Magazine invites SIG officers to share news of their groups’ activities in this space. (Send items to [email protected], using SIG in the “class year” line.)


Harvard Arab Alumni Association

HAAA announces its fifth annual Arab World Conference, “Transforming the Arab World: New Perspectives on Modernity, Culture, and Change,” on Thursday, April 22, at the W Hotel in Doha, Qatar; a gala dinner follows at the Museum of Islamic Arts. The conference aims to harness the potential of diverse groups of Harvard alumni living in the region to identify innovative trends and successful strategies pertaining to the globalizing sectors of business, culture, education, health, and media in the Arab world today. Speakers will offer perspectives on such contemporary and critical issues as “Islamicizing” finance, “modernizing” women, “reforming” education, “globalizing” culture, and “privatizing” healthcare. For updates, visit


Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Alumni Networking Society

Our undergraduate group, HRSFA, presents the tenth annual Vericon, a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and animé convention at Harvard from Friday to Sunday, March 19 to 21, with Star Wars author Timothy Zahn as guest of honor. For details, visit or


Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization

HVAO invites all members to a special meeting in Cambridge on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will elect officers and directors, and discuss ideas and plans for the coming year. Visit, for further information.



Join Harvardwood in New York City this spring! A panel event featuring the creative team of Damages—the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series created by Glenn Kessler ’92, Todd A. Kessler ’94, and Daniel Zelman ’89—offers a behind-the-scenes look at the show. At ...By Alethea Black ’91, actors read stories by the acclaimed author. And share “An Evening with Andrei Serban,” as one of the most honored opera and theater directors of the last 40 years discusses his vision of theater. Details for all three events appear at


Phillips Brooks House Association Alumni

PBHA-A supports student service efforts and helps former volunteers reconnect with one another and with PBHA’s mission of service. Membership is free and open to all alumni; join at We are planning regional events this year in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco, including an alumni weekend in October in Cambridge. And we’re excited to announce two service trips, in conjunction with HAA Travels, open to all alumni and their families, faculty, and staff: in New Orleans (March 14-21;; and Jackson, Mississippi (April 5-11; Direct trip questions to Gene Corbin at 617-767-8348 or [email protected]; send general questions to [email protected]