The Dialectic Senate proudly carries on the tradition of Society father James Mebane, who presided over the first student organization at the University of North Carolina and the second student organization at any American university. The Dialectic Society has always stood as UNC’s symbol of student extracurricular achievement. The ideals of virtus and scientia and the current Dialectic President, KC Kurz, guide the Society as it continually strives to better itself and the university. Below is a list of active Dialectic Senators. The Dialectic Constitution may be viewed here.



Erik Thorsheim, Critic 

Senior | Public Policy
Joined: October 9, 2017

“If a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?” 

Kendrick Lamar

Emily Lewis, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Rachel Moskowitz, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”


Sam Gee, Senator

Junior | English
Joined: February 26, 2018

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

– Baruch Spinoza

Elena Russert, Senator

Junior | Biology
Joined: March 19, 2018

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maggie Pollard, Senator

Junior | Political Science & Public Policy
Joined: April 9, 2018

Valerie Calvo, Senator

Junior | Physics & English
Joined: October 15th, 2018

“She watched the candles as if their outcome held her own, the flames almost extinguishing themselves, but, by some greed of oxygen, persisting.”

– Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Mo Van de Sompel, President Pro Tempore

Junior | Economics & Political Science
Joined: October 29th, 2018

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy. Let’s go exploring!

– Bill Watterson

Emma Stogner, Historian

Junior | Economics
Joined: November 26th, 2018

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

– Henry David Thoreau

AJ Moore, Senator

Sophomore | Spanish Literature and Culture
Joined: December 3rd, 2018 

“But the main thing he sees is that the whole system of the world is built on a lie. And although it’s as plain as the shining sun—the don’t-knows have lived with that lie so long they just can’t see it.”

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Alexander Dowdy, Senator

Senior | English
Joined: February 2nd, 2018

“If I see any further, it is only by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

-Isaac Newton

Anna Fiore, Clerk

Sophomore | Peace, War, and Defense & Philosophy
Joined: March 18th, 2019

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”

-Richard Feynman

KC Kurz, Di President

Junior | Economics & Public Relations
Joined: March 25th, 2019

“In Limbo, if you set the bar high, you’re setting the bar low and if you set the bar low, you’re setting the bar high”

-KC Kurz

Marie Leighton McCall, Senator

Sophomore | Asian Studies
Joined: April 1st, 2019

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Joe Henry Williams, Senator

Junior | Statistics & Philosophy
Joined: September 16, 2019

“Each other’s all we’ve got”

-Josh Tillman

Jacob Woody, Senator

Sophomore | Economics 
Joined: November 4, 2019

“We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.”

-Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Holly Michelle Atkinson, Senator 

Sophomore | Advertising, Psychology, and Studio Art
Joined: November 11, 2019

“Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in a good society holds exactly the same opinions. ” 

– Oscar Wilde

Andrew Richards, Senator 

Junior | Computer Science & Economics
Joined: November 18, 2019

“Degeneracy can be fun but it’s hard to keep it up as a serious lifetime occupation”

Robert Pirsig

Evans Orcell, Senator 

Sophomore | Information Science & Computer Science
Joined: February 3rd, 2020

“You’re my everything, Evans” 

– Senator Lïndbêgērkër


Joy Aikens, Senator 

Sophomore | Computer Science, Public Policy and Classical Humanities
Joined: February 17th, 2020

“Sweet is it, sweet is it to sleep in the coolness of snug unawareness.”

– Gwendolyn Brooks