Welcome to Lisner

Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. As an anchor for arts and culture at The George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events and activities and brings well over 100,000 visitors a year to the Foggy Bottom campus.

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Upcoming Events

Shape of Africa on top of sea foam green background, with "African Comedy Show" at the top, and 5 comedians' photos below.

The Waganda and Wakenya Comedians: African Comedy Show featuring Anne Kansiime, Smart-Joker & 2mbili

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

An African Stand-up comedy show by the Waganda and Wakenya comedians. Feature performances by The Queen of African comedy, Anne Kansiime from Uganda, Smart-Joker (Michael Omuka) and Tumbili or 2mbili (Dankan Onyango) both from the famous Kenyan comedy show "Churchill Show.” Presenters are comedians Cotilda Inapo, from Uganda, and Eric Omondi, from Kenya. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Main dancing in colorful African clothes with men playing drums around him

KanKouran West African Dance Company: Celebrating 35 Years: The Spirit Lives On!

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

KanKouran was founded for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences; enriching American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts; and promoting intercultural understanding. This concert celebrates 35 years of fulfilling that mission.

Portrait of DeRay McKesson in blue patagonia vest and light blue button up shirt with sleeves rolled up to elbows

Politics and Prose & GW Present DeRay Mckesson

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Join DeRay Mckesson – the civil rights leader and host of Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on social justice. DeRay will explore today’s issues and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact us all. He will examine the themes of his book ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM, a meditation on resistance and intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement. DeRay will be joined by special guests for an unmissable conversation about inclusion, community, and progress.

Chef Jose Andres

Politics and Prose & GW Present: José Andrés - We Fed An Island

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Just after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, José Andrés arrived and started to cook. Andrés, whose 29 restaurants have earned him Michelin Stars and James Beard awards, dropped everything to feed hundreds of thousands of people as they scrambled to rebuild their lives. We Fed an Island describes his experiences in Puerto Rico and details the community of activists feeding the island to this day. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen for efforts in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf in suit

Arab Idol: Mohammed Assaf

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00pm

Mohammed Assaf is a Palestinian singer well known for being the winner of the second season of Arab Idol. In 2013, Assaf was named a goodwill ambassador for peace by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). His voice and appearance have drawn comparisons to Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. His victory received world-wide coverage from the media and his story was even the inspiration for "The Idol", a 2015 film by director Hany Abu-Assad.

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