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Duke Conversations is an undergraduate-led program that operates with financial support from OUE. Professors pick compelling themes to discuss with students during dinners in faculty homes. Students handle logistics that include professor recruitment, publicity, registration and food delivery.  

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Interested in Getting Involved?

Interested in getting involved with Duke Conversations student leadership? Please email Peter Liu.

General Inquiries or Interested Faculty: Please email the Duke Conversations Team .




If you are accepted to a dinner but are unable to attend, you must give notice at least 1 DAY IN ADVANCE to the Duke Conversations executive member responsible for your dinner notice. Otherwise, you will be prohibited from attending any Duke Conversations event for the remainder of the semester.

Free transportation to the dinner will depart the Science Center Circle no more than 5 minutes after the arrival time listed in your acceptance email. If you are late, you will be responsible for your own transportation.

Participating in a Duke Conversations event is a privilege afforded to Duke students by the generosity of Duke professors and by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Participants must be respectful not only to the professors, but also to each other and each other’s perspectives.

Student Leadership


Andrew Nguyen (Co-President)

I'm a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Music and Chinese. Outside of class, I love...Duke Conversations! Also playing piano, swimming, walking my dogs, and sunsets.


Miryam Rudolph (Co-President)

I'm a rising senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in economics and minoring in Japanese! Besides my role as President of Duke Conversations, I enjoy playing oboe in the Duke Symphony Orchestra, programming fun RA events, and obsessively playing minesweeper.


Julia Choi

Hi! I am a senior from Garden City, NY, majoring/minoring in Bio and CS. I love the beach, my favorite color is orange, and I am excited to be a part of some great conversations this year!


Karan Desai

Hey I’m Karan! I’m a junior Neuro/CS IDM from Columbus, OH. I have been involved with Duke Conversations since freshman year and have had a blast hosting dinners and having thought provoking conversations with faculty.


Philippe Izedian

Hi! My name is Philippe, a class of 2023 student majoring Environmental Science + Policy from Massachusetts. A fun fact about me is that I took classes remotely in Spring 2021 to go on a road trip and fell in love with country music during that time.


Patrick Nguyen

I'm currently a sophomore planning to major in biology or psychology. Outside of class, I enjoy running and playing violin.


Arin Ghosh

Class of 2022, Hometown: San Francisco, CA, Favorite place to eat on campus: Ginger and Soy, In my free time, I enjoy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and being active outdoors (hiking, biking, kite flying, etc).


Grace Dessert

Grace is a senior from San Diego studying Neural Engineering through the Pratt IDEAS program. She is flute section leader and VP of D.U.M.B (Duke University Marching Band) and a tutor in a local science olympiad and FEMMES programs. In her free time she enjoys attempting to rock climb and taking photos.


Peter Liu

Hey guys I'm Peter and I'm from Wuhan, China. I'm currently a sophomore and major in chemistry BS, and in my free time I like to chill with friends or learn some jazz piano : )


Alan Suh

Major: Statistics, Year: 2023.5, I'm a Korean who grew up Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, Pecan pie > other pies.


Sanya Uppal

I'm a senior studying Economics. I enjoy wildlife photography, any book by Oliver Sacks and Duke Conversations!