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Chad M. Okrusch Wrestles with Difficult Questions about Butte’s Past and Present

Chad M. Okrusch is an assistant professor of communication and media studies at Montana Tech. He studies social systems as ecological phenomena, focusing on the social and ecological consequences of political processes such as Superfund reclamation along the Upper Clark Fork River. He is particularly interested in identifying and correcting processes that limit the possibility of healthy community renewal in places such as Butte, that have been environmentally injured.

In addition to teaching professional ethics at Montana Tech, Chad volunteers his support for the Clark Fork Watershed Education Project.

For the past four years Chad has studied at the University of Oregon in Eugene, examining such topics as environmental history, political economy, cultural studies, and ethics. Presently, Professor Okrusch is finishing his doctoral dissertation, “Ethics and Environmental Communication: A Pragmatic Critique of Superfund Discourse in Butte Montana.”

Chad’s professional interests and teaching experiences range from literature and history to the environment and ethics. His community service in southwestern Montana has ranged from coaching soccer to judging student science fairs.

Toward the end of our place-based learning conference, Chad will help us look honestly at some of Butte’s tougher issue as he talks with us about “Environmental History, Education, and Community Renewal in Butte.”

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