In the spring, the Lannan Center hosts a symposium that welcomes writers, journalists, poets and other intellectuals from across the United States and abroad to discuss social and cultural topics pertinent to present time. Over the course of the symposium, speakers give lectures and readings, and participate in panels and seminars, in an attempt to address the multifaceted theme selected and developed by the Symposium Director. Past themes include poetry of war and and remembrance, the relationship between literacy and democracy, and writing as an immigrant in the United States.