October 8, 2018

We wish we had this in college: a class on Anthony Bourdain


If you love the late Anthony Bourdain as much as I do, you may be excited (and probably jealous) to hear that students at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana can take an actual class on the man himself

Starting in Spring 2019, the three-credit class, “Anthony Bourdain and His Influencers,” will be offered as an English course alternative where students will be comparing Bourdain’s works to the films and books that had influenced him. Todd Kennedy, the class instructor, originally pitched the idea:

I thought about how original he was putting together literature, film, travel and food. In my profession, we look to see how these things come together in culture. I thought it would be a good idea for a class.

Apparently the film department agreed: the class was almost instantly approved. Other students weighed in on the course with responding enthusiasm. Senior psychology major, Aubrey Simmons said, “I think it would be perfect. South Louisiana is known for our delicious and unique food. I would certainly take this new class and recommend it to my peers.” Alumna Gabbie Montz lamented, “Why do the cool things happen after I graduate?” on the Twitter platform in response to Kennedy’s twitter announcement.

I feel the same way, Ms. Montz, I feel the same way.



Erica Huang is former Melville House intern.