Lannan Center is made up of rooms 408 and 411, located on the 4th floor of New North.
Phone: (202) 687-6294
The Lannan Center at Georgetown University is a dynamic literary and cultural institution devoted to the public engagement of the contemporary written arts and to enriching the artistic and intellectual life of the Georgetown campus and community. This the Center does through a range of public events, interdisciplinary collaborations, and creative writing courses.
Writers of distinction visit campus throughout the year to participate in the Lannan Center’s Reading & Talks Series, all of which are free and open to the public. Once a year, the Lannan Center organizes and hosts a themed symposium, which brings together international and national creatives and intellectuals for the purposes of public debate. Every year the Lannan Fellows Program offers a select number of Georgetown students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of poetry through our Lannan Fellows Program.
Additionally, the Lannan Center offers all Georgetown undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to craft original work under the guidance of some of today’s most respected practicing writers including Rabih Alameddine, Carolyn Forché, Tope Folarin, and Aminatta Forna. Courses taught by our faculty are offered as part of the Georgetown English Department’s Creative Writing Minor.
Through collaborations with other Georgetown programs and faculty, the Lannan Center seeks to expand the breadth of creative opportunities on campus. In addition to establishing connections between the practicing arts, the Center seeks to drive, broaden, and deepen conversations on emerging public policy issues through its interdisciplinary collaborations.
Starting in 2024, the Lannan Center will present a biannual Lannan Literary Festival, featuring visiting writers reading alongside emergent talent from among the Georgetown University student body.
The Lannan Center is named in honor of the late J. Patrick Lannan (1938 – 2022). A member of Georgetown’s Class of 1960 and former president of the Lannan Foundation, whose generous endowments of 2006 and 2023 have made the Center and its work possible.