Mapping Human Sacrifice Zones through Informative Speeches is a unit-length assignment that offers students the tools necessary to design, compose, delivery a well-crafted informative speech all whilst investigating and uncovering instances of environmental racism on a local and global scale. For this activity, instructors task students with selecting a case study that documents a particular manifestation of what Robert Bullard called “human sacrifice zones,” or locations of low income and minority populations targeted by ecologically hazardous systems of global capitalism. After students deliver their informative speeches, instructors distribute a world map that marks the locations of human sacrifice zones. By researching and delivering an original informative speech about a specific human sacrifice zones, students gain a critical awareness of local and global iterations of environmental racism. In turn, the map—a rhetorical artifact constructed via collective discovery—visually and affectively solidifies the reality of human sacrifice zones.
Dionne, T. Jake
"Mapping Human Sacrifice Zones through Informative Speeches,"
Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research: Vol. 15, Article 5.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope/vol15/iss1/5