Dinner With Faculty

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Catherine Nichols '89
Senior Coordinator of Faculty Relations and Travel
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Catherine joined the GAA in Sept. 2016. She loves connecting faculty with alumni and the community. As an alumna of UNC and native of Chapel Hill, she’s thrilled to represent UNC and the alumni community through her work. Catherine enjoys spending time on campus with her family and traveling at any opportunity. She also enjoys movies, biking and reading.

Dinner (and Lunch) With Faculty gives alumni and friends the opportunity to dine and discuss issues with UNC faculty in a small-group setting, limited to 10 guests and a popular UNC faculty member. Free-ranging discussion is encouraged. This is the one opportunity where discussing religion and politics at the dinner table is perfectly acceptable.

All dinners take place at The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill. GAA members enjoy a discount on this event.

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Price and Details

We’ll see you at The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill (150 Stadium Drive), where dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and lunch begins at 12:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). A salad, entree, dessert and coffee or tea are included. No jeans, please.

Dinner: $43, GAA members save $15
Lunch: $30, GAA members save $10

Cancelation: Contact Catherine Nichols at or (919) 962-3574 if you need to modify, or cancel, your reservation.

Amir Barzin

Amir Barzin was born in Tehran, Iran and moved as a child to Arlington, TX.  After spending time in the North Texas area, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar and received an undergraduate degree (BS) in Biology.  He next returned to Texas where he received a Master of Science (MS) in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and his medical degree at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As someone who loved Chapel Hill, he was thrilled to return to UNC and complete his residency in Family Medicine. After doing a Chief Resident Fellowship, he has remained with the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. He has served in various leadership roles within the department including the Family Medicine Inpatient Service Line Director, Medical Director of The Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill, and the UNC Urgent Care at The Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as the Medical Director for UNC Health Virtual Care Services and the UNC Health Clinical Contact Center.

Over the past few years, he has led various divisions of the COVID response for both UNC Health and UNC-Chapel Hill including establishing and being the Director and Lead Physician of the Carolina Together Testing Program.  While at UNC, Barzin has received various teaching awards and clinical care awards including the Robert Cefalo UNCH Housestaff Award, the Hyman Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award, and the UNC HBH Friend of Nursing Award.

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

Geoff Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor Director, UNC Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy, and has edited Essays on Moral Realism,  Hume: Moral Philosophy. and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (with Jonathan Anomaly, Geoff Brennan, and Michael Munger).

Recently, Sayre-McCord’s research has focused on the nature of normative concepts.  His work in progress on this topic are available in draft:

Pre-publication versions of the following recent papers are also are available:

Sayre-McCord is the Director of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Program. He is also the Founding Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, an international scholarly society for those interested in the issues that arise at the intersection of the three disciplines in the Society’s name.  Sayre-McCord was a Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 2013 until 2016 and is now a Regular Distinguished Visiting Professor there. He was on leave for the 2015-16 academic year at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, where he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching. Sayre-McCord received the 2019 Philip L. Quinn Prize from the American Philosophical Association, for “service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed.” He won the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022.