To initiate is to cause or facilitate the beginning of something. To initiate is also to induct into membership by special rites or practices. At some point in each student's course of study, the student must begin to join the larger academic conversations in his or her respective field of study.
Each year, under the title Initiations, we formally gather the contributions made by the Department of Religion's academic initiates - our graduate students - to the larger academic conversations that have taken the familiar form of publications or conference presentations. It is our way of celebrating their achievements and encouraging their continued development as scholars.
We invite you to view our current and past issues of Initiations, available on the right side of this page.