A Message From the Joint Senate Historian

The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies – Di Phi – are the premier debating and literary societies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Established in 1795, Di Phi represents the oldest student organization at UNC-Chapel Hill. Di Phi has founded the General Alumni Association, the Yackety-Yack, the University Magazine, the Honor System, and the School of Journalism, and has donated over 10,000 volumes – most of the books at the time- to help form the modern UNC-Chapel Hill library.

In 1676, Sir Isaac Newton famously muttered, “If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Three hundred years later, we continue to stand on the shoulders of giants – our predecessors – the many men and women whose actions culminate in our fledgling democracy and world. Over the centuries, many members of Di Phi have contributed to the greater global community both politically, including – but certainly not limited to – former President James K. Polk, former Vice President William King, and United States Congressman David Price, and intellectually, including Thomas Wolfe and Pulitzer Prize winning Paul Green.

We, members of Di Phi, pride ourselves on our traditions. Our country has changed, but our Societies remain. Every Monday at 7:30 pm, we debate in the picturesque hall of the Di Chamber on the third-floor of New West. We welcome all guests to join us for a night of debate and fun (business casual is recommended). We invite you to view our restored website to search for additional information on our Societies.

Ad virtutem, libertatem, scientiamque.

Yours truly,
Senator Alumnus Zachary De La Rosa