Di-Phi Bicentennial Debate

To celebrate the rich history of their organizations, each year the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies delve into the University Archives to find a topic that was debated 200 years ago. The topic may be something still very applicable to today, or it may be debated in an “old-style” fashion, as if reliving history.

Dialectic Society Pin
Dialectic Society Pin (from the collections of the North Carolina Collection Gallery)

On Monday, November 21 at 7:30pm, in the Dialectic Society chambers of New West, the Di-Phi will hold its annual bicentennial debate. The topic is a debate from March 3, 1824, “Is an alliance between Great Britain and the United State to be desired by the latter.”

Dialectic Society Chambers, 1935
Dialectic Society Chambers, 1935

The University Archives holds the records of both the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies from their founding in 1795, including minute books, addresses, debates, and photographs.

For more information about these Societies and their records, please see the following finding aids:

Records of the Dialectic Society

Records of the Philanthropic Society

Records of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Joint Senate