November 23, 2015

Theater Certificate Students Win Rhodes Scholarships

rhodesCongratulations to Katherine Clifton ’15 and Cameron Platt ’16, two of the four Princeton students (and the 32 students nationwide) who have been named recipients of the Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford.

“In everything she does, Katherine demonstrates intelligence, wit and imagination,” said Michael Cadden, senior lecturer in theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and chair of the Lewis Center, who advised Clifton’s senior thesis. “She writes and speaks with the authority that comes from having put in the hours to learn a subject, but she wears her learning lightly. Indeed, I have rarely encountered a student so taken with the ‘fun’ of learning! Her attitude inevitably raised the level of any class, as her colleagues viewed her as a model of intellectual leadership.”

“As I approach scholarly questions with the collective ethos of the arts, I aspire to expand the horizon of social implications for humanistic research,” Platt wrote in her Rhodes application. “Hopeful possibilities emerge when we meet our world with the same empathy, openheartedness and responsiveness that literary study demands and develops. By sharing narratives and studying how people interact with them, we make a world that is more respectfully connected, resonating with its own rich differences.”

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