Camden Roy

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Camden Roy came to the University of New Hampshire from his hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to major in classics and Italian studies. He is a member of Eta Sigma Phi, a classics honor society, and Gamma Kappa Alpha, an Italian honors society, and plans to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in May 2022. Camden has been fascinated with George William Russell since high school, and while reading a collection of his mystical works for fun he noticed connections with Gnosticism, which he was studying at the time in a class. The research Camden conducted with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) was a culmination of over a year of research exploring those connections. Through this, he experienced, among other things, the value of researching with primary sources: “It was only by returning to Russell’s own writings (especially letters—there was nothing more fun than reading his private letters), that I was able to develop my argument.” He views this research experience as a springboard into his academic career. As Camden explains, “It touches on various themes (Gnosticism, Theosophy, religious experience) that I want to explore further in my scholarship.”