Pavilion V on the UVA Lawn

Rum, Rummy, Rampaging, and Research: Life at Early UVA for Students, Faculty and the Enslaved

Date & Time

May 31, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Alumni Hall, Ballroom
211 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, VA, 22903



This talk will examine the daily experience of students, faculty, and enslaved people at the University. Daily life included a complex and volatile mix of domination, intimacy, and violence, the contours of which reveal sometimes surprising stories about life and learning at UVA.


Kirt von Daacke

Assistant Dean and Professor, Undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences; Co-chair, President's Commission on Slavery and the University

Kirt von Daacke’s research centers upon social constructions of race, community social hierarchies, and identity in eighteenth and nineteenth century America. He is especially fascinated with studying the complex interplay of race and culture in the antebellum South. His first book, Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Albemarle, 1780-1865, came out with the University of Virginia Press in 2012. He has also begun research for a second book-length project examining the history of a nineteenth century interracial island fishing community in coastal Maine. Additionally, he is very excited to be co-chairing the UVA President’s Commission on Slavery and the University. Those scholarly interests grew out of his experience as an undergraduate history major at the University of Virginia, where so many of his professors challenged and inspired him as a thinker and scholar both inside and outside the classroom. von Daacke is very excited to have returned to UVA and to have the opportunity to guide current University students as they discover and pursue their own academic interests. In 2015, von Daake received the UVA Office of Engagement Outstanding Faculty Speaker award.