We're hoping students' grades are administered on a scale of mild, medium or spicy.
This semester, professor Steven Alvarez is making University of Kentucky students' dreams come true with "Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South," which focuses on Mexican foodways in Kentucky and the South.
So what does a class like this actually do?
In an interview with Vice, Alvarez notes, "I make them collect stories. 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. With all of these assignments, my students are practicing different storytelling techniques and forms of collecting data. 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."
If you aren't already seething with jealousy, take a look at the class' first homework assignment:
Write about your favorite Mexican dish. (Examples from class: fajitas, pozole, tamales, tortillas, chimichangas, nachos, churros, burritos, mole). Begin with some research via Google images. Continue with your favorite Mexican meal. Use your senses. Describe a time you remember when having this meal. Publish as a post on your blog.
Now click through the gallery below to get your taco fix:
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