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

Junior 
Joined: November 13, 2017


Rachel Moskowitz, Senator

Junior
Joined: November 13, 2017

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

– WTNV


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