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, Callie Stevens, 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.



Valerie Calvo, President Emerita

Fourth Year | Physics and English
Joined: October 15th, 2018

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Alexander Dowdy, Senator 

Third Year Law Student
Joined: February 2, 2019

“This too shall pass.”

– Persian adage

Deniz Erdal, Treasurer

Second Year | Contemporary European Studies and Information Science
Joined: September 27, 2021


“Ed Markey’s desk was thrown out into the hall by the statehouse bosses… Markey’s bill is now the law.”

– Ed Markey for Congress Campaign Ad

Jasmine Werry, Senator 

Second Year | Philosophy and Chemistry
Joined: October 18, 2021

“Without signs there is no ideology.”

– Valentin Nikolaevich Voloshinov

Logan Grodsky, President Pro Tempore

Second Year | Business Administration and Public Policy
Joined: October 18, 2021

“We come here . . . to honor the past, and in that honor, render more secure the present.”

– President J. Calvin Coolidge

Nathaniel Shue, Senator 

Second Year | Public Policy and Political Science
Joined: November 8, 2021

“Still, don’t let them make you bitter in the process.

– Tim Perry

Maddux Vernon, Senator 

Second Year | Political Science and Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: November 15, 2021

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher

Matthew Tweden, Critic 

Second Year | Public Policy and Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: November 17, 2021

“The higher our standards, the greater our progress, the more we can do for the world.”

– President J. Calvin Coolidge

Erica Boey Yyng Shan, Senator 

Third Year | Advertising & PR and Political Science
Joined: November 17, 2021

“Ditch your boyfriend and date me, I’ll be your best Boey.”

Anna Crist, Senator

Second Year | Biology and English
Joined: February 28th, 2022

“None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.”

– Mary Shelley

Callie Stevens, Di President

Fourth Year | Psychology
Joined: April 11th, 2022

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”

– Jean-Luc Picard

Bruce McRae, Senator

Second Year | Philosophy
Joined: April 2oth, 2022

“Fun things are fun.”

– Hirasawa Yui

Conor Buchanan, Senator

First Year | Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: October 3rd, 2022

“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

– Adam Savage

Sophie van Duin, Senator

Second Year | Peace, War, & Defense and Hispanic Literatures & Cultures
Joined: October 10th, 2022

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

– Erin Morgenstern, the Night Circus

Daniel Gallagher, Sergeant-at-Arms

Second Year | History
Joined: October 17th, 2022

“Our time… has pretty much passed.”

Arthur Morgan

Rania Alaoui, Historian

First Year | Philosophy and Astronomy
Joined: October 24th, 2022

“I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.” 

– Franz Kafka, diary entry dated 23 March 1914

Joseph Ellis, Senator

Fourth Year | German Literature
Joined: October 24th, 2022

“Doubt grows with knowledge.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nicole Belcher, Senator

Second Year | History and Communication
Joined: November 7th, 2022

“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Gabby Garner, Senator

Second Year | Psychology and Neuroscience
Joined: November 7th, 2022

“I’m feeling such an odd mixture of pride and mortal terror.”

– Aliki Theofilopoulos

Cormac Lynch, Senator

Second Year | Economics
Joined: November 14th, 2022

“What is important is not to see but to understand.”

– Inscribed on the tombstone of a blind girl at Lourdes, brought there seeking the miracle of sight

 Dean Pearce, Senator

Third Year| Biology and Chemistry
Joined: November 16th, 2022

“Mental illness is not funny”

– Phillip K. Dick, VALIS

 Ashley Dowdney, Senator

First Year| Classics and Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: February 27th, 2023

“Ne te quaesiveris extra”

– Persius Satire 1.7, Epigraph to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

Christopher McClanahan, Senator

First Year | Computer Science
Joined: February 27th, 2023