Welcome to the web presence of the Joint Senate of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. Established in 1795, Di Phi is the oldest student organization at UNC. We are a debate and literary society, dedicated to upholding the ideals of rational thought, the free interchange of ideas, and the study of the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Our meetings, which are held every Monday night at 7:30 in the Dialectic Chamber at the top of New East, consist of debate in a modified parliamentary format. We also host social events, dances, and trips to local attractions.
The history of Di Phi is the history of the University. Rich, extensive, and often complicated, the two hundred and nineteen years of Di Phi history include the founding of such Carolina institutions as the University Library System; the General Alumni Association; the Schools of Law, Journalism, and Government; and even the University’s colors of Carolina blue and white. The distinguished alumni of the Societies include US President James K. Polk, Vice President William R. King, and Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas Wolfe and Paul Green.
Ad virtutem, libertatem, scientiamque. Towards virtue, liberty, and knowledge.
Societate mutant, sed idem manent. The Societies change, yet they remain the same.
Senator Ryan Rosenberg