University of Kentucky Now Offering Taco Class

By: Kim

Can you imagine receiving college credits simply from eating tacos? Well don’t dream for too long because students at the University of Kentucky are already living this reality thanks to Steven Alvarez; an assistant professor in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department.

He was inspired to create this new course called Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food after seeing how people were able to connect through food at a Southern Foodways Alliance symposium.

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“You can go to the smallest towns in Appalachia and there will always be a Mexican restaurant,” he told Munchies. “It is really interesting to see how Mexican food has evolved socially here. This class allows our students to explore the issues of immigration, inequality, workers, intercultural communication, and literacy through the prism of food.”

I’m sure you might be thinking this class sounds fairly easy, but Alvarez has been making his students work hard. Throughout the semester, students will read Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican FoodTacopediaTaco USA, and Tortillas: A Cultural History.

Alvarez wants his students to understand that a taco is only as strong as the tortilla it’s made on.

According to Alvarez’s Taco Literacy, he asked his students to start blogs and Instagram accounts, where they can tag their posts with #TacoLiteracy and #MexKy.

The best part about it all is that the class gets the opportunity to take taco tours and review restaurants in the area of Lexington.

“At the very end of the course, my students will be generators of knowledge, have a portfolio full of multimedia food journalism, and they will be over the fajita stage of Mexican food,” he exclaims.

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Good luck to all the students that decided to take the taco road, I know I would be in paradise trying all kinds of Mexican tacos! YUM.


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