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, Erik Thorsheim, 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, Di President

Junior | 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

Sophomore | English
Joined: February 26, 2018

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

– Baruch Spinoza

Elena Russert, Senator

Sophomore | Biology
Joined: March 19, 2018

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maggie Pollard, President Pro Tempore

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

Valerie Calvo, Clerk

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

“Too stoned, Nintendo

– American Hi-5

Mo Van de Sompel, Sargent At Arms

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

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

– Bill Watterson

Emma Stogner, Senator

Sophomore | 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

First-Year | Spanish Literature and Culture
Joined: December 3rd, 2018 

Alexander Dowdy, Senator

First-Year | English
Joined: February 2nd, 2018

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

-Isaac Newton

Anna Fiore, Senator

First-Year | 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, Senator

Sophomore | 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

First-Year | 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