In anticipation of discovering 2020’s recipient of the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship, what could be a better collection item to spotlight than Dr. Downing’s own dissertation?
In 1966, Christine Downing earned her doctorate from Drew University with The Theological Imagination: A Study of Martin Buber. Throughout this work, Downing interprets the German philosopher and religious scholar’s understanding of theology and the Word of God as dramatic, relational, and open to the creative, poetic response of humankind.
The photo features selections from Dr. Downing’s handwritten research notes, her dissertation proposal, a copy of the final dissertation itself, and the program for Drew’s commencement ceremony, during which Downing received her Doctorate of Philosophy—the first woman to ever do so at the university. All of these materials and more are available for research at OPUS.