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Dr. Lillie Fears 

Dr. Lillie M. Fears is Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Arkansas State University. Over the years, she has taught a variety of courses in journalism as well as the course, Delta Culture and History.  This special topics honors course included field trips to the following A-State heritage sites:  Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum and Lakeport Plantation.

She has served two terms as a director on the Arkansas Humanities Council Board. During this tenure, she helped to secure summer reading program grants for underserved youth residing in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In addition, she helped to secure grants for educational tours of Civil War historical sites in Helena, Arkansas.  Following her service on the Council, and at the request of its executive director, she convened the panel, Arkansas and the Media, for the Council’s Democracy and The Informed Citizen Project, in 2018.

Dr. Fears has been the recipient of several fellowships during her career. These include the NEH Black Film Studies, Summer Institute for College Teachers, University of Central Florida, 2001; Sasakawa Japanese Studies Faculty Institute, San Diego State University, 2002; U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, 2007; and the NEH Summer Institute: Recognizing an Imperfect Past, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA, 2017. 

As a media historian specializing in the Black Press, Dr. Fears has made presentations on the Arkansas Black Press and on how Ebony and Jet magazine have covered the Delta and other topics. Her work also appears in journals and the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
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