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Speaker Bios

  • Crystal Downing, Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College
  • David C. Downing, Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College
  • Chip Duncan, President of The Duncan Group, Inc.

Crystal Downing

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Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing serves as Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, which archives every publication by and about C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, and Owen Barfield, including unpublished correspondence and manuscripts. Crystal’s first book, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave Macmillan 2004), won the international Barbara Reynolds Award for Best Sayers Scholarship in 2009. Her next two books, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (IVP Academic 2006) and Changing Signs of Truth (IVP Academic 2012), are studied in seminaries around the world. Crystal’s fourth book, Salvation from Cinema (Routledge 2016) inspired her current book project, The Wages of Cinema: Looking through the Lens of Dorothy L. Sayers.

Crystal Downing’s CV

David C. Downing

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David Downing

David C. Downing is the Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Downing grew up in Colorado, graduated from Westmont College, and earned his PhD from UCLA.

He has written four scholarly books on C. S. Lewis: Planets in Peril (1992), a critical study of the Ransom trilogy; The Most Reluctant Convert (2002), an examination of Lewis’s journey to faith; Into the Wardrobe (2005), an in-depth overview of the Narnia Chronicles; Into the Region of Awe (2005), a study of how Lewis’s wide reading in Christian mysticism enhanced his own faith and enriched his imaginative writing. Downing also provided a critical introduction and over 400 explanatory notes to the new edition of C. S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress, originally published in 1933 and reissued by Eerdmans in the Wade Center Annotated Edition (2014). Downing is also the author of Looking for the King (2010), a historical novel in which two young Americans meet Lewis and Tolkien in Oxford in 1940. His blog may be found at cslewis.com.

David Downing’s CV

Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and President of The Duncan Group, Inc. a documentary production company formed in 1984. Duncan and his team recently completed a three-part public television series The Reagan Presidency that was broadcast internationally in 2013. The Magic Never Ends – The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis aired nationwide on public television during 2002. Duncan’s production of the 13-part Discovery Networks series Mystic Lands was broadcast in more than 140 countries around the world during 1996.

Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries. His documentary television specials and series have won more than 125 national and international awards. Broadcast networks include PBS, HBO, Discovery, TLC, Showtime, Lifetime and Sundance Channel…among others.