You Can Now Study The Deliciousness of Tacos at The University of Kentucky

In case you needed a reason to go to the University of Kentucky (other than their cheerleaders), we have a good one: this semester, the university is offering a class dedicated to tacos.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes.

Deemed “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.,” the class will be led by Steven Alvarez, an assistant professor in the university’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department. The course will aim to teach students about Mexican foodways in Kentucky and the broader South.

In a recent interview with Munchies, Alvarez elaborated on how the class came about and how f*cking awesome the homework is going to be.

After going to one of the [Southern Foodways Alliance] symposiums, it really hit me that food is important. The oral histories of food that I heard were amazing. The oral histories of food that I heard were amazing. The stories were really impactful but the food became secondary. It was more about the social connections that people were making with food.

I have students doing restaurant reviews and taco tours in the area that is now known as “Mexington,” a.k.a. the barrio of Lexington. I make my students post on Instagram and use hashtags as a form of archiving. I also make them watch MUNCHIES episodes. I make my students read their restaurant reviews out loud, too.

As for the success of the new program, you can guess how that’s going.

We got more students to sign up for it than we needed, and I’ve had a few more students add the class after starting. It is interesting to note also that even the most stubborn of students that say they hate writing love to write when it comes to writing about food.

Uh… yeah. Especially if you get to gorge yourself on it first.

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