RISE (Refresher and Intensive for Scholarly Enrichment) is an optional two-day pre-orientation academic workshop for incoming students. The workshop shares some of the skills needed to analyze and write theologically. It will be held on Aug. 20–21, 2019.
Over the course of these two days, students will work with some brief theological texts (which we shall ask you to read prior to arriving on campus) and will learn effective ways to read, analyze, and write about them through a theological lens. While engaging these texts is ultimately an extended process—and one that is essential for your education here—RISE will serve as an introduction to the type of challenging (and rewarding) work required at the school.
Therefore, if you have been out of school for some time, lack a background in humanities and/or religious studies, or simply believe you would benefit from some initial preparation for the courses you will be taking in your first year, then we encourage you to sign up.
RISE is a preparatory program specifically designed to support students who may not have a theological or religious studies background, have a significant gap of time since they were last in school, or want to prepare for their academic life before classes begin.
Over the course of two days students will work with selected theological texts. Participants will learn effective ways to read the texts, then analyze and write about these readings through a theological lens. RISE serves as an introduction to the type of challenging work that will be required at Duke Divinity School.