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Faculty Director of Benjamin Franklin Scholars: Peter Struck
September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02



Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter Struck, associate professor and undergraduate chair of classical studies, as Faculty Director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program, effective July 1, 2009. 

Dr. Struck is a prize-winning scholar and intellectual historian of ancient Greece. His Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of Their Texts (Princeton University Press, 2004) won the prestigious Goodwin Award from the American Philological Association as the Best Book of the Year in Classics.  He has taught at Penn since 1999 and won a 2004 Lindback Award, Penn’s highest teaching honor, at which time he was described by students and colleagues as “perfectly brilliant … a wonderful advocate for … scholars in general because he strives for excellence in his own work and in that of his students.”

“Peter Struck is the ideal person to lead BFS in the new century,” said Vice Provost Binns.  “He is a rigorous scholar, an exciting teacher, and a mentor with legendary energy and accessibility, as comfortable with new technologies as with ancient Greece.”

Dr. Struck earned a PhD (1997) in comparative literature and MA (1991) in divinity from the University of Chicago and an AB (1987) in English and anthropology from the University of Michigan.

The Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program, part of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, provides a select group of Penn undergraduates with a program of dedicated advising, intensive seminars, and opportunities for individualized research projects. Approximately 100 incoming freshmen are named Benjamin Franklin Scholars, and current students may apply for admission in the second semester of their freshman year or both semesters of sophomore year. Dr. Paul Heiney, professor of physics, served as faculty director from 2004-2009.

Almanac - September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02