Educator, historian, storyteller Dr. Chuck Stead was raised in the Village of Hillburn, NY, in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains. His early education was a combination of Catholic schooling and indigenous woodlore. Living among the thousands of people exposed to Ford Motor Company toxic waste dumping, he focused his graduate education on remediation and ecological recovery of the Ramapo Watershed.
Stead received a Masters in Public Policy from Empire State College with a focus in Social Ecology from the Institute of Social Ecology at Goddard College, Vermont. He earned his doctorate at Antioch School of Environmental Studies in Keene, New Hampshire. Stead’s dissertation was published in book form as “Get the Lead Out” (2019).
Having spent years investigating Ford’s impact on the watershed and upon the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, he helped bring about a 40-million-dollar cleanup in Torne Valley, New York. Currently he is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College, Mahwah, N.J. He is working with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in the development of a TEK curriculum, and has joined Orange Environment where he is working on the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project.
Chuck Stead is teaching a section of Controversies in Environmental Science, and will be using the text “Living with Nature, Environmental Politics as Cultural Discourse”, as well as sections from his own book, “Get the Lead Out”.
Controversies in Environmental Science