All events take place at 1st Floor of the Rose Garden Tower at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi, except those noted otherwise. Remember to bring your ID with you. Members of the media are welcome to attend public events at the American Center. However, if you intend to being in still or video cameras, please contact the Media Team at least 24 hours in advance so we can determine whether the speaker is comfortable and, if so, request security access for your equipment. Please note that not all speakers will want to be filmed and interviewed. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
|Mar. 1, 10:00 – 11:00||AC Student News||AC Interns|
|Mar. 2, 2:30 – 3:30||A Local Government in the U.S.||Denise Fitzgerald, YSEALI Fellow|
|Mar. 2, 3:30 – 4:30||60 Minutes with Press Officer||Lisa Bess Wishman, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Mar. 3, 7:30 – 5:00||The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice||U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Mar. 4, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Carrie O’Neil, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Mar. 4, 2:00 – 3:30||The 2016 American Presidential Election: Observations and Predictions||Matthew Filner-Hutchison, American Fulbrighter|
|Mar. 4, 3:30 – 5:00||Information Session on the Video Contest||American Center|
|Mar. 8, 3:00 – 4:30||American English Club: International Women Day||AC Interns|
|Mar. 9, 3:00 – 4:30||Journey to Success: Women in Business||Hà Thị Thu Thanh, Chairwoman of HNEW; Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Minh, Chairwoman of VWEC and AWEN|
|Mar. 9, 5:30 – 7:00||World Wildlife Day Mini-Film Festival||American Center|
|Mar. 10, 3:00 – 5:00||Film Screening and Discussion: “The Sons of Tennessee Williams” (2010)||Tim Wolff, Film Director|
|Mar. 11, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Carrie O’Neil|
|Mar. 11, 11:00 – 11:30||Graduation Ceremony for MOOC 8 “Applying to U.S. Universities” and MOOC 9 “The Art of Negotiation”||American Center|
|Mar. 11, 3:00 – 4:30||Diversity in the Workplace||Lisa Sellin, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Mar. 14, 2:00 – 3:30||English Pronunciation Workshop – Word Stress in English||Eric Wenninger, English Language Fellow|
|Mar. 15, 3:00 – 4:30||Debate Club: “Women Can Succeed Entirely in Male-Dominated Industries”||AC Interns|
|Mar. 16, 3:00 – 4:30||Issues and the Process of U.S. Presidential Elections from the Perspective of a Former Congressional Staffer||Brooke Barron, Guest Speaker|
|Mar. 16, 5:30 – 7:00||World Wildlife Day Mini-Film Festival||American Center|
|Mar. 17, 2:30 – 6:00||EducationUSA Spring Fair 2016
Venue: Daewoo Hotel, 360 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi
|Mar. 17, 3:00 – 4:30||MOOC 10 “Entrepreneurship 2 – Launching Your Start-Up” – Introduction Session.
Register for facilitated discussions at https://goo.gl/RHqHxM
|Mar. 18, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Carrie O’Neil, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Mar. 18, 3:00 – 4:30||Journey to Success: A Conversation on Women’s Leadership||Susan Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Hanoi; Thạch Lê Anh, CEO & Founder at Silicon Valley Ecosystem in Vietnam|
|Mar. 21, 3:00 – 4:30||Conversation Hour with American Diplomats||American Center|
|Mar. 22, 3:00 – 4:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Mar. 23, 3:30 – 5:00||Debate Club||AC Interns|
|Mar. 23, 5:30 – 7:00||World Wildlife Day Mini-Film Festival||American Center|
|Mar. 25, 10:00 – 11:00||Public Speaking Skills||Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advisor|
|Mar. 29, 10:00 – 11:00||AC Student News||AC Interns|
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Call it a conversation, or any one of this word’s synonyms – chat, colloquy, converse, dialog, discussion, etc. – this is an hour of informal talk and your opportunity to improve your English speaking and listening skills. An American host of the hour will introduce a topic and guide you through discussion around it. Come to chat and learn. Bring your friends and make even more friends!
American English Club
American Center Interns
Come join our American English Club to improve your English speaking skills and enhance your English vocabularies on variety of topics. This club is also a good chance for you to meet new friends and enjoy lot of fun games, discussions and activities.
AC Student News
American Center Interns
Adapted from the CNN Student News, this program encouraged participants to reflect on and discuss international issues, while using opportunity to sharpen English language skills, especially listening and speaking.
American Center Interns
The goal of the American Center’s Debate Club is to create friendly environment where anyone can express and freely debate their ideas on interesting current topics. So if you like to analyze facts, communicates openly, or just interested in debate please make your way to the AC to join our club.
Introduction to eLibraryUSA
Fridays, 11:00 – 11:30 am
eLibraryUSA is an online library with free access to 30+ up-to-date databases including researches, journals, books, articles, encyclopedias, films, photographs, magazines, topics and references for students, teachers, youth, businessmen and kids. Please come join in our orientation session to learn more about a plentiful and helpful resource of information, then you can register to get your own login account to access to eLibraryUSA from any Internet connection.
A Local Government in the U.S.
March 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Denise H. Fitzgerald, U.S. YSEALI Professional Fellow
Join us for discussion about how local governments function and how sustainable communities are supported. Our guest speaker is a municipal manager whose work includes contract negotiations, employee relations, oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, parks/recreation, police, public works and public relations within the community and outside agencies. Denise Fitzgerald will share her experience and insights and would like to hear from you as well. Bring your questions and opinions.
60 Minutes with the Press Officer
March 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Lisa Bess Wishman, U.S. Embassy Press Officer
Would you like to know what’s in the U.S. news? Would you like to chat with the U.S. Embassy’s Press Officer Lisa Bess Wishman? If so, please plan to join her at the American Center on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 4:30. Lisa, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, has served in Tel Aviv, Israel; Ottawa, Canada; and Washington, D.C. After having studied Vietnamese in Hanoi for 11 months, she assumed her position as the Embassy’s press officer in August 2014 and will remain in Vietnam through summer 2016. She looks forward to getting to know you better.
In her March 2 event, Lisa will talk about the U.S. Supreme Court, the death of a Justice and what happens next, and the U.S. election process. And since there is always an avid interest, she will make sure to integrate “how university and college graduates get jobs.”
The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice: The Cost of Discrimination
March 3, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
The American Center is hosting a day-long drop-in for media, the public, NGOs, companies and civil society members to view and discuss the global event that begins in Hong Kong, migrates to London and ends in New York City. This one-of-a-kind global event explores attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) across the globe and, at the Hong Kong event, specifically in Asia. Worldwide, the situation ranges from mild intolerance to hostile rejection and violence. In many businesses, the “glass closet” remains a formidable barrier to advancement or authenticity. Discussion about same-sex relationships is controversial in many countries, but in a globalized world, gay rights are now a significant issue.
Pride and Prejudice is a global, 24-hour event spanning three cities, which will challenge policymakers and industry leaders to rethink the future of the global LGBT movement and its impact on business. The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius will participate in a panel discussion starting at 8:35AM Hanoi time.
American Center opens at 07:30 to begin live streaming at 7:45am and will host several in-house discussions led by business and civil society representatives. See the schedule here.
2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Observations and Predictions
March 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Dr. Matthew Filner, Fulbright Lecturer
Come join a lively discussion about the 2016 American Presidential election with Fulbright lecturer Matthew Filner, who has had experience both as a campaign manager in American political campaigns and as a political scientist writing about American elections.
Information Session on the Video Contest
American Center Hanoi
The American Center launched a video contest on February 4, 2016 to encourage Vietnamese youth to explore the meaning of diversity and explain it in a two-minute video. Diversity is defined in its broadest context and can include: equality, workplace diversity, social inclusion and LGBTI rights. The contest is open to anyone with a Vietnamese ID, living in Vietnam and between the age of 18 and 35. The contest closes at midnight on March 18, 2016. The American Center will host two information sessions on February 29 (4:30-5:00 pm) and March 3 (3:00-4:00) to answer any questions on Video Contest and offer some tips to create a good and legal video.
Journey to Success: Women in Business
March 9, 3:00-4:30 pm
Hà Thị Thu Thanh, Chairwoman, Deloitte Vietnam and Chairwoman, Hanoi Association for Entrepreneur Women (HNEW)
Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Minh, Chairwoman of Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) and ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN)
The American Center wishes everyone a happy International Women’s Day! Meet the two successful women and hear about their successes and challenges as women in business, and get inspired!
World Wildlife Day Mini-Film Festival
Mar. 9, 16, and 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Come to the American Center for a three week mini-film festival to honor World Wildlife Day and turn it into World Wildlife Month. Join the U.S. Embassy at the AC on three Wednesday evenings – March 9, 16 and 23 – from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You’ll see videos of some of the earth’s most important biological diversity and help us spread the importance of protecting it. See you and your friends during the month of March and let your voices be heard to support wildlife and combat wildlife trafficking!
English Pronunciation Workshop – Word Stress in English
March 14, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Eric Wenninger, English Language Fellow
Do you want to improve your English pronunciation? Come to this workshop to learn about word stress in English and strategies you can use to help you speak more clearly.
Issues and the Process of U.S. Presidential Elections from the Perspective of a Former Congressional Staffer
March 16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Brooke Barron, Guest Speaker
Brooke Barron most recently served as a legislative policy advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she advised Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) on a variety of policy areas, including agriculture, nutrition, and economic development. Brooke’s work focused on the Congresswoman’s role as a member of the House Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, and in 2015, Brooke authored The Food Recovery Act, a comprehensive bill to address the problem of food waste in the U.S.
Previously, Brooke served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as the Associate Director of Administration for Vice President Joe Biden.
Journey to Success: A Conversation on Women’s Leadership
March 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Susan Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Hanoi; Thạch Lê Anh, CEO & Founder at Silicon Valley Ecosystem in Vietnam
The panelists will talk about women’s leadership and share the trials, challenges and triumphs of their lives and how they overcome them and offer advices to the young people as they are planning for their futures.
Public Speaking Skills
March 25, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advisor
Captivating the heart of the audience might take you years of efforts to master, however, there are a few easy tips you can try to improve your public speaking skill and get the listeners interested in your talk. Join us in this session at the American Center and learn how to speak so that people want to listen.