Larry and Penny Rothfield

Resident Deans — Snell-Hitchcock Hall

Larry and Penny became Resident Deans in Autumn of 2001. For eight years they were the Resident Deans of the Shoreland Residence Hall. Once the Shoreland was decommissioned as a residence hall, they transferred to the Snell-Hitchcock community in Autumn of 2009. Larry received his B.A. in English at Stanford, and his doctorate at Columbia. Larry is currently an Associate Professor with appointments in English Language and Literature, and in the Department of Comparative Literature. He is also a research associate in the Cultural Policy Center. Penny received her B.A. in History at Columbia University and is now studying painting at the School of the Art Institute. Larry’s extracurricular interests include playing guitar (sometimes in bands with other faculty members), writing about the looting of antiquities on his blog, and seeking out strange, exotic, and delicious food from Chicago’s wonderfully diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Larry is also a great cook. Penny, when not making art, is usually reading, gardening, or working on her “Bliss List.” Larry and Penny have one adult daughter who lives out on the east coast.

Larry and Penny enjoy the chance to be stunned by the brilliance, wit, and ingeniousness of what Snell-Hitchcock residents say and do. They offer weekly programs in their home such as afternoon teas, and coordinate quarterly Snell-Hitchcock traditional events like film showings and faculty guest speakers. Additionally, Larry and Penny support and lead frequent trips to the city, including to theatre, opera, music, and sports events.