In the spring, the Lannan Center hosts a Symposium that welcomes artists, journalists, poets and other intellectuals from Georgetown University, the DC Metro area, and abroad to discuss social and cultural topics pertinent to present time. Over the course of the Symposium, guests 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.

The Symposia are free and open to the public, with no RSVP required, unless otherwise noted.