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Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie Dinner

The Duke University Bouchet Society hosts an annual dinner named after Ida Stephens Owens, first African American woman to receive a doctorate from Duke University.  The purpose of this dinner is to showcase and celebrate successful minority scientists produced by Duke University. It is a night of inspiration and encouragement as we gather together, not only for fellowship, but to also hear the stories of Duke Alumni that have gone on to be successful in their respective fields. Each year, our dinner features two distinguished Duke University alumni who both share about their journey towards personal and professional success.

On behalf of the Black Tie Dinner Committee we are excited to announce the 5th Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30pm followed by dinner and official program at 7:00pm. This year’s dinner is particularly special as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Ida Stephens Owens earning her PhD here at Duke. Our Bouchet-note speaker, an alum of the Pathology department will be Hisani Madison, PhD, MPH and our Keynote speaker will be Gustavo Silva, PhD, an up-and-coming, decorated assistant professor in Biology.

Previous Bouchet-Note Speakers: 

Audrey Ellerbee, PhD

Chiatogu Onyewu, MD/PhD

Charles Anamelechi, PhD

Keisha Findley, PhD

Yuvon Mobley, PhD

Previous Keynote Speaker: 

Erich Jarvis, PhD

Ida Stephens Owens, PhD

Carmichael Roberts, PhD

Dean Valerie Ashby, PhD

Dean Arlie Petters, PhD


  1. Hello!

    I am curious how to purchase tickets for this event. Please advise. Also, is the date for the event Saturday, January 27th or Sunday, January 28th? The website says Saturday, January 28th. Please let me know! Thanks so much!

    • Good evening, I’ve emailed the information regarding your questions. I’ve updated the current year’s dinner information on our website. Apologies for the delayed response!

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