Dr. Fred Opie is an athlete turned author and Babson College Professor of History and Foodways.  He unpacks history to positively impact the future as a author, speaker, teacher (see course list below) blogger, on his Fred Opie Show podcasts, and as a contributor to the work of producers, journalist and film makers. His most recent book is, Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution.

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  • HSS 2019: A History Of Food And Election Campaigns

  • HSS 2032: African History And Foodways

  • HIS 4640: Food And Civil Rights

  • CVA 2002: African American History And Foodways

  • AHS 1000: AHS Justice And Inequality

  • CVA 2090: Food And The African American Canon

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What Students Are Saying About Professor Opie

“You have inspired me to think about my gift and make decisions around what I truly desire professionally.”
— Jade Anderson Babson Student
“You became my favorite professor because of your care for every individual that enters your classroom.”
— Nick Brown, Babson Alum
“I learned so much in your course. And the life skills you shared are applicable to anything I decide to do.”
— Sarah McCarthy, Babson Student
“You are an amazing, empathetic, and engaging professor.”
— Alex Martiros, Babson Student
“Because of your course, I am a better student and better prepared for life.”
— Quinn Schomp, Babson Student
“Professor Opie motivates you to do your best work and guides you out of your comfort zone so that you grow.”
— Adam Kershner, Babson Alum
“You offer such relevant advice to students.”
— Tori Penta, Babson Alum
“You made me question previously held beliefs and allowed me to learn new perspectives.”
— Hallie Lerner, Babson Student