Humanities Residential College (Chapin Hall)

Susan Lee, Faculty Chair

Susan Lee, Faculty Chair

Jason Kelly Roberts, Associate Chair

Jason Kelly Roberts, Associate Chair

Joel Harrison, Assistant Chair

Joel Harrison, Assistant Chair

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College Staff

  • Faculty Chair: Susan Lee, Dance
  • Associate Chair: Jason Kelly Roberts, Office of Fellowships
  • Assistant Chair: Joel Harrison, Religious Studies

Faculty Chair's Welcome

Chapin Hall is the oldest residence on campus and home to the Humanities Residential College. Chapin is fully updated to support all the ways Chapinos participate in this thriving community while maintaining its vintage charm and homey atmosphere. We interpret our theme broadly, welcoming students from all six schools and faculty fellows from across academic disciplines. Chapinos explore the humanities through academic firesides, events with other residential colleges, and small seminars designed for residents and taught in Chapin! Chapin is also home to the highly respected student art and literary magazine, Helicon.

As Faculty Chair, building community that welcomes diverse perspectives is my top priority. I often hear Chapin described as a family-like environment. It is small in size but living large in access to the best that the University has to offer. I admire how Chapinos pursue their individual academic visions while balancing a full social calendar in the college.

Some of my favorite Chapin venues include the popular lunchtime Faculty Chair's Table, faculty fellow-prepared dinners in the college, “Frivolous Readings” featuring faculty recitations from not-so distinguished literature, Coffeehouse performances, and Munchies. Student members meet for meals at the Chapin table in the Allison Dining Hall with faculty fellows and my colleagues on the college staff in regular attendance. The weekly “Thurstea Thursday”--a student favorite and one of mine as well--is an informal gathering characterized by lively conversation and comforting cookies.

Chapinos demonstrate their commitment to stewardship and philanthropy through the Green Cup competition, raising funds for Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and creating gift baskets for local families. They also participate in intramural team sports and can boast winning the Residential College Spirit Award more than once.

The students and I are fortunate to have Jason and Joel on the college staff. They are dedicated to supporting students in shaping a distinct living-learning community that honors Chapin traditions as well as imagining new initiatives. They are active mentors of the executive board and welcoming colleagues for our wonderful faculty fellows.

Humanities (Chapin) Residential College Fellows and Graduate Associates

Name Position Department
Elisa Baena Associate Professor of Instruction Spanish & Portuguese
Susannah Bielak Associate Director Block Museum
Thomas Searles Burke Assistant Director Kaplan Institute
Barbara Butts Lecturer Theatre
Paul Breslin Professor Emeritus English
Laura Brueck Associate Professor Asian Languages & Cultures
Sean Ebels Duggan Lecturer Philosophy
Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch Assistant Director Center for Historical Studies
Erik Gernand Senior Lecturer Radio/TV/Film
Ezra Getzler Professor Mathematics
Matthew Grayson Associate Professor Electrical & Computer Eng.
Gloria Kim Assistant Professor of Instruction Biomedical Engineering
Elizabeth Caitlin McCabe Lecturer Chicago Field Studies
Denise Meuser Associate Professor of Instruction German
Robin Opshal Graduate Associate Medill
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern Professor History
Rosie Roche Program Manager for Northwestern Arts Kaplan Humanities Institute
Elizabeth Son Assistant Professor Theatre
Ingrid Zeller Associate Professor of Instruction German