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The SIGnboard

July-August 2013

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 [email protected], 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 [email protected].


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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