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KU mourns death of longtime film and media studies professor

Monday, August 1, 2016

Kansas University is mourning the death of Charles “Chuck” Berg, a longtime professor in the school’s department of film and media studies.

Berg, 75, died Tuesday, July 26, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

“Chuck Berg’s many contributions to our university spanned nearly four decades, during which he was able to share his love of film and music with countless students and colleagues,” KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a news release. “On behalf of the university, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.”

A jazz lover, U.S. Army veteran and KU alumnus, Berg returned to his alma mater as a faculty member in 1977. He eventually became a force in the creation of film and media studies at KU, where he shared his expertise in television, music (outside of the classroom, Berg was an accomplished saxophonist) and popular culture.

Focusing his research on American history and pop culture, Berg taught a variety of classes in film-media history, theory, criticism and production. During his time at KU, Berg wrote a book, “The Encyclopedia of Orson Welles,” as well as several academic and journalistic articles and commentaries on media, music and other subjects in the arts and entertainment realm. Read more

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