The SIGnboard

The Harvard Alumni Association has approved more than 30 Shared Interest Groups; a complete list appears at clubs/html/SIGdir.shtml. Harvard Magazine invites SIGs to share news of their activities in this space. (Send items to, using SIG in the “class year” line.)


First Generation Harvard Alumni

We are seeking alums who might want to mentor incoming First Generation students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Mentors, who ideally will be first generation themselves (i.e., members of the first generation of their immediate families to graduate from a four-year U.S. college), commit to meeting monthly (either in person or through a means such as Skype) during the course of the year with a first-year first-generation student. If interested either in being a mentor, or in the First Generation Harvard Alumni SIG in general, please e-mail founder Kevin Jennings ’85 at


Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus

HGSC and its partner groups present a range of summer activities, including those listed here. In the East, the eighth annual LGBTQ Post-Pride Mixer (All-Ivy & Friends) takes place at the Yale Club of New York City on July 2 (details at Or gather for mixed cocktails in Provincetown (Mass.) on July 5 ( or on July 12 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan ( In California, on July 17, the LGBT Ivy Young Alumni Mixer takes place in West Hollywood ( On July 18, there will be a Co-Ed LGBT Alumni Mixer at Club OMG in San Francisco (



The Harvardwood Writers’ Competition is back! Polish up those screenplays, TV pilots, and plays for this annual contest, created to recognize superior work and give emerging Harvard writers a chance for industry exposure. Scripts are evaluated by industry professionals; the first-place winner receives a small cash award and free admission to the Harvardwood Writers’ Program. The deadline is August 15; for details, visit the writers’ section at Harvardwood NY presents its Classical Salon Series in New York on July 2: pianist Yelena Grinberg performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations in her home. On July 24, it’s Romantic Jazz for a Summer Evening, with singer Melissa Stylianou and a trio including tenor sax player Joel Frahm. And on August 14, hear Nigel West, widely considered Britain’s leading writer on true-fact espionage, discuss “Espionage 101—How the International Espionage Community Works.” On July 20, join Harvardwood’s Washington, D.C., chapter at the Capital Fringe Festival to see Tragedy Averted, a comedy by Alexandra Petri ’ 10. And on August 29, Harvardwood’s Chicago chapter hosts the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival’s Meet the Founders & Preview Screening. The festival showcases films from around the world that inspire people to create social change. Visit the Events section of for details on all these programs.

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