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Dr. Peter Struck

Faculty Director, Benjamin Franklin Scholars

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Peter Struck is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Penn. His primary research interests are in ancient sign systems, including theories of the sign in literary criticism, in divination through oracles, omens, and dreams, and in medical symptomology. He has taught a variety of classes on mythology, religion, magic, literature, and philosophy in antiquity. He is a recipient of Penn’s Lindback Award for teaching the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of General Studies.

He has been a media consultant to NBC, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, A & E, and worked on a series on mythology for the History Channel, “Clash of the Gods,” scheduled to air in fall 2009. He is a founding member of the editorial advisory board of Lapham’s Quarterly, a general interest publication devoted to history. At Penn, he has directed the Classical Studies Department’s Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate programs, served as a faculty fellow at Penn’s Hamilton and Stouffer College Houses, and for the academic year 2008-09, he was director of the Penn Humanities Forum 10th anniversary program on “Change.” Since 2003 he has worked as a consultant with the Teagle Foundation on national-level initiatives to promote the liberal arts, and has recently received a grant from them, with Sarah Igo (Vanderbilt), to create and direct the National Forum for the Future of Liberal Education.

Struck has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and from the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, where he will be in residence for 2009-2010.

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