Notice: The American Center will be closed from April 29 to May 1 in observance of the Victory Day and International Labor Day.
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.
- All visitors to the American Center (AC) 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 AC. Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time. 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 AC, 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!
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.***
Developing the Leader Within You
from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays
In today’s world, leadership is one of the sought-after skills in the professional world. The value of effective leadership has gained great recognition. We are understanding that becoming a better leader changes lives and impacts the success of people and companies. “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Effective leadership will add to your effectiveness, subtract from your weaknesses, divide your workload, and multiply your impact. This 8-session series focuses on principles of leadership that everyone can develop in their lives. These principles are proven cornerstones in leadership development. They have been used and taught by one of the foremost leadership trainers in the USA (both nationally and internationally). The material is based on the book: Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell. Attend this series and start your journey of leadership growth and effectiveness.
- March 11, Session 1: Definition and Levels of Leadership
In this session, we will learn what leadership is and what leadership is not. We will discover five levels of leadership that we can develop and ways to develop in these levels. We will take a deeper look at the key element of leadership which is “influence”. This session creates a foundation to understand leadership and prepares us for the next seven principles we will learn in this series.
- March 18, Session 2: The Key to Leadership: Priorities
Learning to make wise choices with our time is a critical part of accomplishing goals and developing leadership. In this series we will learn priority principles that will guide us to wiser choices for the time we have each day, week, month, year, etc. Learning how to use these principles can give us a greater edge or advantage as leaders. They can help us work smarter and be more productive. We will also discover practical tools that can help with setting priorities.
- April 1, Session 3: Foundation of Leadership: Character
A question for each leader to ask is, “Am I a healthy leader?” This question leads us into thinking about our character. Mahatma Gandhi stated, “A man of character will make himself worthy of any position he is given.” Having a poor character will eventually derail us personally and professionally. We will discover three key methods that can strengthen our character. Developing our character as a leader also increases our own internal self-respect and satisfaction.
- April 8, Session 4: The Test of Leadership: Creating Positive Change
“Being able to turn an organization around by being a positive change agent is the true test of a great leader.” In this session we will look at how people make changes in life. We will discover principles to use as leaders that lead people through changes in our organizations. By using these principles, we can learn how to turn people’s resistance to change around and create positive change. We will learn about the “Law of Buy-In” and how it affects our leadership.
- April 22, Session 5: Gaining Leadership: Problem-Solving
Dealing with problems is part of our life experiences. As a leader, this is increased because we also must think about the people we are leading. “A leader’s life is not his or her own.” In this session we will learn to embrace the benefits of problems and solving them in our lives and work positions. We will gain a better understanding of how to turn problems into stepping stones for opportunities versus being stumbling blocks in our lives. We will learn steps of how to develop ourselves as problem-solvers versus being overwhelmed by the problems that come.
- May 6, Session 6: The Extra Plus of Leadership: The Attitude
Attitude is something we can control in life. A good attitude makes our leadership better. A leader’s attitude influences the thoughts and feelings of the people they lead and encourages positive and productive responses from them. We will learn the best attitudes to adopt as leaders. This session will look at failure in our lives and how to overcome the failures with the right perspective.
- May 13, Session 7: The Heart of Leadership: Serving People
As we look at the heart of leadership we will discover the power of serving others in our leadership role. This concept is a new idea to many people in leadership. This heart of leadership produces exciting potential for the leader because the leader chooses to believe in the people he or she is serving. This leader desires to develop the abilities of people, and, thus, creates a place for himself or herself among the great leaders of the world such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. We will learn practical steps of how to develop this heart of leadership.
- May 20, Session 8: Personal Growth in Leadership: Vision, Self-Discipline, Learning for Life
This final session will cover three areas for personal growth. As a leader we must have vision to create direction and passion for ourselves as well as for those we are leading. We will learn how to develop and communicate that vision. As a leader self-discipline is a necessary skill to develop to gain success. “As leaders, our greatest challenge in leadership is leading ourselves first. We can’t expect to take others farther than we have gone ourselves.” We will gain more understanding of how to achieve self-discipline in our lives. As a leader, we can never stop learning and growing or we will lose our effectiveness. We will focus on ways to continue to expand and grow no matter what our age. Growth brings hope, joy, and success in our lives as leaders.
From Strangers to Familiars
April 11, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
American Center Interns
Air Pollution Management Panel Discussion
April 16, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hoàng Dương Tùng, Gregg Thomas, Đỗ Vân Nguyệt
Simultaneous English to Vietnamese interpretation is provided
This event is co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership, and the Center of Live and Learn for Environment and the Community. U.S. speaker Mr. Gregg Thomas will join the panel discussion to share lessons learned from the United States. The panel discussion will serve as a platform to share practical and innovative solutions and provide input for policy makers in Hanoi to overcome the health and economic risks of air pollution with effective national and local government policies.
- Dr. Hoàng Dương Tùng is the Chairman of the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP). Before joining VCAP, he was the Vice Director of Vietnam Environment Agency for the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in environment governance and policy reformulation and recommendation as well as taking the leading role in research and environment assessment.
- Mr. Gregg Thomas is the Environmental Quality Division Director in the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). This division of 55 scientists is responsible for ensuring clean air, land, and water, minimizing the city’s environmental risk and liability, and for furthering environmental sustainability initiatives across the city, in partnership with other city departments. With respect to air pollution, Gregg has worked on numerous regional and state policy initiatives to reduce emissions from motor vehicles, coal fired power plants, and certain other industrial activities like oil and gas development. Gregg’s team has also been doing innovative work using low cost portable air pollution sensors that provide additional information to Denver neighborhoods and schools.
- Ms. Đỗ Vân Nguyệt is the founder and currently Director of the Live and Learn Vietnam – Center for Live and Learn for the environment and community, and the coordinator of the Green Generation (Vietnam Green Generation Network) – The network of individuals and youth organizations has common interests in environmental issues and sustainable development in Vietnam. She has profound experience working with school children, youngsters and communities in environmental – related protection, promotion of individual and collective initiatives for climate change adaptation. She currently works to connect groups working on air monitoring and citizen science. Nguyet has special interests in youth empowerment, social innovation, capacity and network building with civic groups and businesses on sustainability and governance.
Creation: Value and Protection
Every year, around April 26th – the Wold Interllectual Property Day, people get together to learn about the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year a number of local and international organizations, that have a common concern of protecting creation values, will get together at the American Center to share their passions and interest in making Vietnam a dream land for creaters.
Come join us at 1:30pm Tuesday, 23rd April at the American Center and share your view at the “Creation: Value and Protection” workshop. Register here.
Participants attending the workshop will have a chance to receive ticket to the screening of Captain Marvel at 19:00 Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 at BHD Discovery, Cau Giay.
Air Quality Awareness Week Expert Panel Session
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019
Ambassador Kritenbrink, Mr. Michael Shell, Dr. Nghiem Trung Dung, and Mr. Vu Anh Tuan
Air Quality Awareness Week (April 29 – May 3) is coming up soon! Please join us at this Expert Panel Session which will focus on transport emissions and air quality issues. Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink will deliver opening remarks. Michael Shell, Economist with the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Nghiem Trung Dung, Head of Faculty at the School of Environmental Science and Technology-Hanoi University of Science and Technology; and Mr. Vu Anh Tuan, lecturer at the University of Transportation will serve as speakers on the panel. This event is open to local media participation.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided at this event.
Biographies of Experts on Panel:
Mr. Michael Shell is an Economist with the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In his six years with the Transportation and Climate Division, Michael has worked across a range of transportation policy initiatives such as supporting impacts analyses and biofuel lifecycle analysis for the Renewable Fuel Standard program; evaluating conditions for various electric vehicle adoption futures; and collaborating with state-level stakeholders to model cross-sector, multi-pollutant reduction strategies. Michael obtained a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Nghiem Trung Dung is working at the School of Environmental Science and Technology (INEST), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Hanoi, Vietnam. His working experiences are related to air pollution and environmental chemistry. His professional interests are toxic air pollutants including PM (PM10, PM2.5 and nanoparticles) and their chemical composition, PAHs; emission factors of air pollutants from various emission sources; co-benefits in air pollution control; receptor modelling, driving cycle development for mobile sources. Dr. Dung is the chief author of a book, contributes as co-authors to three book chapters. He has published more than 60 articles as author or co-author in peer-reviewed journals. He also has over 50 abstracts in international and national workshops/conferences. Dr. Dung is member of East Asia Nanoparticle Monitoring Network (EA-NanoNet). He is also member of Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP) as well as Vietnam Environmental Industry Association (VEIA).
Mr. Vu Anh Tuan is a lecturer at the University of Transport. Tuan got a Diploma of Engineering at Hanoi University of Transportation and Communication in June 2003 and Master of Engineering at Paris Institute of Urban Planning & Ecole National des Ponts et Chaussée, Ile-de-France, France in Sep 2009. His lecturing topics include urban transport planning and strategy development; urban infrastructure planning and design; and urban traffic control and management. He’s also been acting as a consultant for different transport projects including the Advancing Transport Climate Strategies project funded by GIZ, the prject on Secondary Cities Development Program (Green Cities) funded by ADB, the project on Da Nang Railway Connectivity Improvement and Urban Development Project funded by the World Bank.
Nationwide Logo Design Contest for 25th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations – Official Rules
Contest Sponsors 
The Logo Design Contest for 25th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations is organized by the U.S. Mission Vietnam.
Description of Contest Objectives
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relation, U.S. Mission Vietnam is organizing a Logo Design Contest to encourage all Vietnamese, ages 18 and above, to submit a logo design. The logo design should use the number 25 (not the word “twenty-five”) and should depict in some way the U.S.-Vietnam relationship. The logo should be modern, simple, recognizable, easily reproducible, and must not contain any copyrighted material. The logo will become property of the U.S. Government.
Events from this contest may be announced and promoted on various Social Media platforms including U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh Facebook pages and website, but the contest entry and administration will take place through Zoho. Contest winners may be announced on the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh Facebook pages; however, this platform is not partner or sponsor of the contest. Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to the Zoho form, they are bound by Zoho’s Terms of Service and any agreement with Zoho contained therein.
How to enter
- Interested participants can submit only one (1) logo design in this page: http://bit.ly/2CPg0iy
- Once the logo design is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.
- By entering this contest, you agree that the images you submit may be used on the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh websites, social media sites, promotional materials, signs, U.S. Department of State events, and publications, for non-commercial purposes.
- Participation in this contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.
- A submission must be original content created and owned by the contestant. Artwork must be submitted digitally.
- Entries may be submitted between April 9, 2019, and May 10, 2019. Judging for the Judges Choice winner begins on May 16, 2019, and winners will be announced no later than May 30, 2019.
- The top 8 qualified entries will be uploaded as one Facebook album. Voting for the People’s Choice winner will begin on May 16, 2019, 12:00 a.m. until May 20, 2019, 12:00 a.m. (Vietnam Time)
- The announcement of the winners will be posted on the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh’s Facebook pages no later than May 30, 2019.
- Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local law and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to the U.S. Mission Vietnam, the U.S. Department of State, or to any groups, individuals or institutions. Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse. In other words, the content of all submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
- Submissions must be original content created by the contestant and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below in (d)). The U.S. Mission Vietnam recognizes no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted material, nor does it recognize allowance for use of licensed materials created or owned by a third party.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam reserves the right to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of these official contest rules.
- In the event of any question or difference of views regarding compliance with, interpretation, or application of these content requirements or other provisions of these Official Contest Rules, the U.S. Mission Vietnam reserve the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of views in their sole discretion.
- By submitting a logo design to the contest, the contestant affirms that he or she has obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the artwork (or from the individuals’ parent/legal guardian if any such individuals are considered a minor in their country of residence), and that he or she has obtained the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to use all material such as music, images, text and other content in the submission. The contestant further affirms that he or she is prepared to provide reliable documentation of any and all such consents, licenses, etc., upon request. Failure to obtain such rights, license consents, and permissions may result in the disqualification of the photo submission at the U.S. Mission Vietnam’s sole and absolute discretion.
Technical Format Requirements
Artwork submissions must be adaptable to different scales and different use (e.g. webpages, e-mails, hard copy, projected images, large banners, and signs). Submit one single image file in either .jpeg or .png format, high resolution (no smaller than 2084 pixels). If you are chosen as a winner, you MUST be able to provide a high resolution vector file (e.g., in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign).
Submissions should not have any visible watermarks, signatures, or personally identifiable information.
- Contestants must be at least 18 years old on the date of entry into the contest. Contestants must be residents of Vietnam and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
- The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity, or through representation by an individual. In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.
- The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the U.S. Mission Vietnam or the U.S. Government, and of Facebook; or any employees, interns, directors, or officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of this contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
- Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestant wishes to remain anonymous) and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestant.
Selection of winners
- All submissions are subject to pre-screening by U.S. Mission Vietnam to ensure high-quality and compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Any logo design out of compliance will not be posted. Only the top 8 logos will be posted to Facebook for public voting. U.S. Mission Vietnam reserves the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential finalist or potential winning poster submission has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding prize, recognizing a winner, etc.
- Judges: The judges are the U.S. Mission Vietnam Officers and staff.
- Judging Criteria:
Composition of the artwork 60%
Relevance to the theme 40%
- Winners: There will be two (2) winners for this challenge. The Grand Prize winner will be determined by the judges using the criteria. The People’s Choice winner will be determined through public voting following a pre-screening of the top 8 logo design complying with the Official Contest Rules. Winners and finalists may choose to use an alias instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.
- Winner(s) will be contacted via email. The inability of the U.S. Mission Vietnam to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.
- The announcement of the winners will be posted on the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/) and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City‘s Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/achochiminh.usconsulate/) any time between May 20-30, 2019.
- Grand Prize – Kindle, Swag bag, plus photo with Ambassador (for Hanoi-based winner) or Consul General (for HCMC-based winner).
***Winning design will be used for official U.S. Government promotional items and events in Vietnam***
People’s Choice – Swag bag
- The winning artwork will be posted on the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General’s Facebook pages and used for official U.S. Government promotion items and events.
- Winners have to confirm the acceptance of the prize through email within three calendar days. If the acceptance is not confirmed by the required date, the U.S. Mission Vietnam reserves the right to select an alternate winner. Each winner must provide a valid physical mailing address where a prize, if any, is to be shipped. The U.S. Mission Vietnam is not responsible for any problems related to the shipping of any prize, including, but not limited to, theft, delay, damage, or destruction/accidental loss by the shipping carrier.
- Any unused portion of the prize is not transferable, convertible, or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. All taxes on or in connection with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the winner.
Liability and rights
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam does not endorse any submissions or messages expressed therein, and the U.S. Mission Vietnam expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with the submitted poster including disputes between collaborators related to a submission.
- The contest and the U.S. Mission Vietnam do not permit copyright infringing activities or infringement of any other intellectual property rights, and the U.S. Mission Vietnam reserve the right to remove and disqualify any submission they deem to be in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights.
- The U.S. Government will retain sole ownership of the original work. Contestant specifically agrees to give the U.S. Mission Vietnam permission to use all content submitted for purposes of judging the contest. Finalists and/or winners will be required to grant the U.S. Mission Vietnam, with proper attribution through whatever means they deem appropriate, a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and/or display the submission in any media formats and through any media channels in perpetuity in connection with the activities and operations of the contest.
- Contestant assumes sole responsibility for the contest submission and the material contained in it, and for any consequences of submitting or posting it.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam reserves the right at any time to verify the validity of entries and of contestants and to disqualify any contestant or entry deemed not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules. The U.S. Mission Vietnam also reserves the right to request further documentation, at their sole and absolute discretion, to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Contest Rules.
- If a prize or any portion thereof is unavailable, the U.S. Mission Vietnam, in their sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value and/or specification.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam reserves the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest at their discretion for any reason.
- Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the U.S. Mission Vietnam, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees, interns, and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debts, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from (i) violation of these Official Contest Rules; (ii) violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right in connection with the contest; or (iii) any claim that a contest submission caused any harm, including financial, to any third party. These indemnification and hold harmless obligations will survive indefinitely beyond the conclusion of the contest.
- The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law. In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam and the U.S. Government will take reasonable measures to protect privacy data, personally identifiable information, and other sensitive data of contestants. Contact information provided by contestants may be stored by the U.S. Mission Vietnam and may be used to contact contestants for other purposes in the future. This information may be shared with the co-sponsor of the contest and/or made available to third parties to the extent permitted by law.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest. The U.S. Mission Vietnam assumes no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunctions arising in connection with the operation of the contest, including: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the contest site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the contest site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest.
- Use of contest site is at user’s own risk. The U.S. Mission Vietnam is not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to computer equipment resulting from participation in the contest, use of the contest site or the downloading of information from the contest site. By participating in the contest, the contestant releases the U.S. Mission Vietnam from any and all claims arising from or relating to such contestant’s participation in the contest, whether directly or indirectly.
- The U.S. Mission Vietnam is not liable in the event that any portion of the contest is cancelled or delayed due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other reason.
 Throughout the contest rules, the term “sponsors” is used to represent either single or multiple sponsors, where applicable.