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College Taco Studies Is A Thing


When I was in college, I ate a lot of friggin’ tacos. I imagine this would have been true even if I didn’t live in Texas. We would go eat late night tacos at any number of the cheap but delicious taquerias around our school. But we weren’t allowed to actually study the tacos in school. It was strictly an extra-curricular activity. However, at the University of Kentucky you can take a course in the study of tacos themselves. Steven Alvarez is the professor of the course called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South”. Taco literacy? If there is such a thing I have a PhD level of literacy in eating tacos. The course looks at how Mexican food influenced and was influenced by factors in the American South.

Blah, blah, blah. The most important part is that the students have to go to Mexican restaurants and document what they find. Why didn’t this stuff exist when I was in school 13 years ago? They made us take things like history and math. I feel cheated.

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