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Joynes Reading Room

The Joynes Reading Room is a hub of activity for all the honors programs on campus. Located in the Carothers Residence Hall, this comfortable library space houses a collection of literature, art, and films. Thousands of books have been carefully selected to supplement your learning, and over 300 DVDs are available to watch on one of three projection screens. Laptop computers are available from the Joynes Room front desk, with complimentary printing and internet access over our wireless network.

Within the Joynes Room are two smaller seminar rooms, where many honors classes meet. These are among the best classrooms on campus, with cutting edge technology and custom-built furniture. When the seminar rooms are not being used by classes, honors students may reserve them for extracurricular activities, club meetings, or group study sessions.

Every month, the Joynes Room hosts at least one visiting writer. These authors, poets, artists, and scholars give public readings or lectures and meet with a small group of students to discuss the craft of writing. Recent visitors have included Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and visitors from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the Americas.

The Joynes Room also offers fellowships to support student writers. These include a scholarship and sponsorship for participation in book fairs, festivals, and plays.