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English Major Selected for 2014 Gordon Fellowship

April 14, 2014

Laura Lemire
Communications & Marketing
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Ryan Sandford '15Junior Ryan Sandford, an English major, communication minor, has been chosen as the 2014 Albert J. Gordon Summer Research Fellow.

Sandford, starting May 19, will spend his summer completing research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library on the correlation between Albert Camus' "The Plague" and the current Siege of Homs in Syria.

Sandford hopes his research will raise awareness of the uprising and war crimes occurring in Syria.

"The AAC [the Institute's Academic Advisory Committee] was most impressed with the bold vision of Ryan's proposal," said history professor Andrew Moore.

"His attempt to link the philosophical and literary work of Albert Camus with current events is exactly the sort of interdisciplinary thinking that a liberal arts education should encourage."

The fellowship is designed to offer an opportunity for an outstanding student or recent alumnus to gain experience that will assist him or her in career pursuits related to public policy and public affairs, including gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.

The fellowship program is made possible through a generous gift by the late Mr. Albert J. Gordon of New York City, a former principal in the investment-banking firm of Kidder Peabody (now UBS Financial).

In addition to choosing the Gordon Fellow, the Institute's Academic Advisory Committee solicits proposals for faculty research as well as for the Institute's speakers.