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Harvard Lampoon elects African-American woman as president; first black leader in humor magazine's 137 years

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 19, 2013 02:25 PM

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The Harvard Lampoon has elected an African-American as its president for the first time in the 137-year history of the esteemed humor magazine, according to NPR.

Alexis Wilkinson has been elected to lead the publication, while fellow Harvard junior Eleanor Parker has been elected vice president, marking the first time two women will hold the organization's top two seats, according to NPR.

Many alumni of the magazine have gone on to have successful careers in comedy, writing and entertainment, including: John Updike, Conan O'Brien, B.J. Novak, and the Lampoon's first woman president Lisa Henson.

Wilkinson and Parker were interviewed by NPR's Michel Martin. To listen to the conversation or read a transcript, click here.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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