American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in April 2018

American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public
Notice:  The American Center will be closed on April 25th, April 30th and May 1st in observance of Vietnam’s National Anniversary of Hung Kings, Victory Day, and International Labor Day holidays, respectively.


All of the below events are open free of charge to the public. We would like you to plan carefully before registering with us so that we have enough seats for participants. If you register for our events but change your plan, kindly notify us by email. If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.

***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Register here. You can also check out our Facebook page to see event schedule and click “Join” to register with us.***

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.

Please Note:

  • As of August 1, 2017 all visitors to the American Center in Hanoi must ‎undergo additional security checks of their personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, fitness trackers, etc.). These new procedures are being implemented worldwide to enhance the security of U.S. Embassy buildings. Please note that these new security screening requirements, which includes powering on the equipment in front of the guards, will lengthen the ‎wait times for guests entering the American Center. Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time. The American Center has ordered 30 laptops for visitors’ use, which we expect to arrive in the Fall. We recommend you consider using the U.S. Embassy’s equipment and leaving your devices at home to shorten the screening time for all guests. In the meantime, if you plan to bring this or other electronic equipment to the American Center, please allow more time for these new screening procedures. Thank you for your assistance and patience.
  • In the American Center (AC), we usually record, film and photograph our programs and activities to promote the AC and the work the U.S. Embassy does in Vietnam. We regularly use and post these images on our social media platforms. When participating in American Center programs, you provide your tacit consent for your image to be used in this way. If you prefer that your image not be used for non-commercial publicity reasons, please provide your request in writing to a staff member at the Help Desk. Thank you!
Time
Program
Speaker
Apr. 2, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Enthusiasm & Attitude Cynthia McKinney
Apr. 3, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Dr. Michelle McCollin
Apr. 3, 3:00 – 4:30 Changing the World: One Person at a Time Dr. Michelle McCollin
Apr. 5, 5:30 – 6:30 Conversation & Pronunciation Rebecca Garcia
Apr. 9, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Teamwork Cynthia McKinney
Apr. 10, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Dr. Michelle McCollin
Apr. 10, 3:00 – 4:30 Changing the World: One Person at a Time Dr. Michelle McCollin
Apr. 10, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Apr. 11, 3:00 – 4:00 Creating Goals for Life and Career Success and Satisfaction Cynthia McKinney
Apr. 11, 3:00 – 4:00 Information Session Dr. Vanita Misquita, Director of Overseas Programs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Apr. 12, 3:00 – 7:00 American Center’s 20th Anniversary and “End Plastic Pollution” event at the American Club, 19 Hai Ba Trung Street. Register here American Center
Apr. 13, 3:00 – 5:00 Author Talk and Book Signing – “Soldier and Spouse and the Traveling House” Matthew Alan House – Author/U.S. Army Captain
Apr. 13, 3:00 – 4:30 Cost-Effective Options to Attend College in the U.S. Hewa Schwan, International Recruitment Manager, Bellevue College
Apr. 16, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Networking Cynthia McKinney
Apr. 17, 4:00 – 6:00 Public Speaking Course. Register (required) here by April 9, 2018
Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Apr. 17, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Apr. 19, 3:00 – 4:30 Information Session Lixing Li, International Admissions Recruiter, University of Missouri
Apr. 19, 4:30 – 6:30 Women Leadership Talk: How to Overcome Difficulties to Achieve Success. Register here DCM McClelland and Hawaii Univ’s Vietnam Executive MBA Program
Apr. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 Conversation & Pronunciation Rebecca Garcia
Apr. 20, 3:00 – 4:30 Hutterites – Lives of a Small Religious Group in the U.S. Robert Thaler
Apr. 20, 4:30 – 5:30 Yes, You, too Can Write Poetry Karen Thaler
Apr. 23, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Cynthia McKinney
Apr. 26, 3:00 – 4:30 Modern Family‘ Screening and Discussion Michelle Der Ohanesian
Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Volunteers
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 a variety of topics. The participants will join the host to learn how to sing one of the popular memorable songs as a warm-up activity. Then, the club will continue with its interesting activities that will give you the opportunities to improve your English speaking skills, enhance your vocabulary, and have a lot of fun discussions and presentations.

Debate Club

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.

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.

From Strangers to Familiars

American Center Interns

From Strangers to Familiar is a program that engages people in deep conversations in order to develop connections between humans. From Strangers to Familiars not only gives participants an opportunity to master their English communication skills but also helps them create ultimate long-lasting networks through the program’s chain of deep talks. Everyone has a chance to share and everyone is listened.

Pronunciation Workshop Series

Dr. Michelle McCollin

Dr. Michelle McCollin is a tenured Associate Professor in the Special Education Department at Slippery Rock University of PA. She earned a BA in African American Studies and International Relations, MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, a second MA on Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Special Education. As an educator, Dr. McCollin has affected lives of children and families through her roles as an elementary school teacher, district staff developer/literacy specialist, junior high school principal and a director of professional development.

Dr. Michelle McCollin also runs a Non-Profit Organization – “EYES4AFRICA Foundation, Inc.” and have collected over 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses people in Nigeria. Additionally she also volunteers as a Mentor to girls and advocates for individuals with disabilities.

She believes “I have to push against the boundaries of what would be, and move towards the center of what should be, in order to reach my purpose, my promise, my potential.”
especially listening and speaking.

Changing the World: One Person at a Time

Dr. Michelle McCollin

“Changing the World one person at a time” is a series of interactive, hands-on and engaging conversations about developing an agenda of personal, professional and global strategies to become change-agents in our communities.

Dr. Michelle J. McCollin, 2018 Fulbright Scholar, Vietnam will explore some of the skillsets used in developing the characteristics of a world-changer, which will in-clude but not be limited to developing and building : self-esteem, self-efficacy, per-severance, courage, focus, determination, and personal strength. She will also share her journey to developing and founding Eyes4Africa.org, a Nonprofit organization/NGO which brings vision resources and school supplies to those, all over the world, who may not have access. Her personal, professional, and humanitarian philosophies converge at the point where she believes …

~“I have to push against the boundaries of what would be, and move towards the center of what should be, in order to reach my purpose, my promise, my potential.”~

Conversation & Pronunciation

Rebecca Garcia
Join us to discuss important American and international current events. Different topics related to politics, popular culture, and business may be featured each week. This is an opportunity for us to share our ideas and ask questions so we can all learn together. This session will also include a brief pronunciation lesson to support English learners who seek to improve their speaking.

Creating Goals for Life and Career Success and Satisfaction

April 11, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Goals give us focus in our journey in life. Learning to set intelligent and meaningful goals is a skill to be developed. We will look at methods of successful goal setting as well as tools that help us maintain our motivation to reach our goals.

Author Talk and Book Signing – “Soldier and Spouse and the Traveling House”

April 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Matthew Alan House, Author/U.S. Army Captain

Mathew is a Captain in the United States Army currently splitting his time working at the U.S. Embassy and studying Vietnamese at Truong Dai Hoc Bach Khoa. Previously, he was posted to Germany and Japan, served a combat tour to Iraq as well as multiple assignments in the United States. He recently published his debut book, Soldier and Spouse and Their Traveling House, and achieved “best seller” status in the United States.

“Soldier and Spouse and Their Traveling House puts a witty spin on the dynamic of newlywed husband and wife trekking across two continents during their first three years of marriage. Who heads this household? The thrill-seeking soldier? Or the sensible spouse? Come along with this twenty-something military couple on their off-duty weekends as they dash in and out of trouble from the Emerald Isle to cruising down the Nile and many places in between—Western Europe, the Baltic, North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean.”

During the talk, five lucky people will be able to win signed books and free audiobook downloads. Mathew will also conduct weekly creative writing workshops at the American Center.

Hutterites – Lives of a Small Religious Group in the U.S.

April 20, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Robert Thaler

The Hutterian Brotherhood is a religious community that lives predominantly in South Dakota and the central prairies of Canada. They originated from Germany and Russia, and came to the United States in the 1880’s, and then settled in South Dakota. What makes them unique is that they live in communes, their lives are focused on their religious faith, and there is no private ownership of anything. Everyone in the commune, more frequently referred to as a Colony, is part owner of all assets. They speak both German and English, and there are distinct role for men and women. Children go to school through the 8th grade (age 14 years), and then begin an apprenticeship. They utilize the latest technologies, and are an important part of South Dakota and US agriculture.

Yes, You, too Can Write Poetry

April 20, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Karen Thaler

Too often we are intimidated by either the writing of poetry for ourselves or by the idea of teaching poetry writing. In this workshop, we will practice a tried and true method of writing free verse poetry. We will use no magic formula, but we will find topics and images hidden in our own memories. Join me for a fun time of brainstorming and writing poetry that is individualized and meaningful.