Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. Named in honor of Abram Lisner, a University trustee and philanthropist, the auditorium is renowned for its vast range of performances and events. Hosting world class artists, celebrities and world leaders, Lisner Auditorium has served a prominent place in the cultural life of Washington, DC. Recent events include a taping of The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and special guest President Barack Obama, Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil, Toni Morrison, the National Ballet of Georgia and Hillary Clinton.
The auditorium is among the largest performance venues in the city and in 2012 enriched its facilities with an upgraded interior and state of the art enhancements.