Max Lawton (Dept. Slavic Languages, Columbia College '16), major in Russian Literature and Culture, has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship at Oxford University, where he will pursue his M.Phil. in Modern Languages. Lawton studied advanced Russian in 2015 on a Harriman Summer Language Study Scholarship.

Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks.Clarendon scholarships are competitive, prestigious and highly sought-after. Like all fully-funded Oxford scholarships, they cover all tuition and college fees, and offer a generous grant for living costs; however Clarendon’s additional appeal lies in its unique community of scholars.

Lawton fondly recalls that "Liza Knapp's energetic and beautiful lectures on nineteenth-century Russian novels and Catharine Nepomnyashchy's wit, generostiy and exhaustive knowledge of Nabokov" influenced him in choosing Russian as his major. "Outside of the Russian department, he singled out "Michael Golston and James Shapiro for showing [him] just how provocative, funny and enlightening a class can be."

From the story on the Columbia College website: “Max Lawton has excelled as a student of Russian language, literature and culture, while pursuing a range of other interests here at Columbia. He started his Russian here from scratch and has achieved a high level of proficiency,” said Liza Knapp, associate professor of Slavic languages. “He has made his way through the classics of Russian literature and fixed his interest on the work of Vladimir Sorokin, one of today’s Russia’s most dazzling and demanding writers. It’s terrific that he will continue the fine work begun here.”

You can read the full story here.

Courtesy of the Harriman Institute