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

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!
July 2018

(for secondary school students born 2006 to 2004 and living in Hanoi). Register (required) here by June 20

American Center and Empower Junior Scientists
Jun. 5, 3:00 – 4:30 Asian American Heritage Discussion Fenghua Wang
Jun. 5, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Jun. 6, 2:00 – 4:00 “Betting on Zero” Screening and Discussion Ted Braun, Award Winning Filmmaker
Jun. 6, 3:00 – 4:30 Pronunciation Workshop Apassara Kolb
Jun. 7, 3:00 – 4:30 ‘Modern Family’ Screening and Discussion Michelle Der Ohanesian
Jun. 11, 3:00 – 4:00 Diplomacy Simulation: Info-session
American Center
Jun. 13, 3:00 – 4:30 Pronunciation Workshop Apassara Kolb
Jun. 14, 2:00 – 5:00 Simulations Events: Train the Trainers Chelsea A Wilson and Le Minh Trang
Jun. 15, 4:00 – 6:30 Musical Crossroads: Exploring Language, History, and Culture through Music in the U.S. Dr. Ramin Yazdanpanah, English Language Fellow
Jun. 19, 5:15 – 6:45 Panel Talk on Women in Business/Leadership/ Entrepreneurship. Please register here
Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce and Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh
Jun. 20, 3:00 – 4:30 Pronunciation Workshop Apassara Kolb
Jun. 20, 4:30 – 5:30 Goal Setting Saumya Deva
Jun. 21, 5:30 – 6:30 Conversation & Pronunciation Rebecca Garcia
Jun. 22, 4:30 – 6:00 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Jun. 27, 9:00 – 12:00 Diplomacy Simulation. Please register (required) here by June 17
Chelsea A Wilson
Jun. 27, 3:00 – 4:30 Pronunciation Workshop Apassara Kolb
Jun. 28, 3:00 – 5:00 ​​Vocal Variety and Body Language in Public Speaking Tran Thi Thuy Trang
Jun. 29, 1:00 – 3:30 Mini-Conference: New Partnerships to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution. Please register here Dr. Jenna Jambeck
Jun. 29, 4:30 – 6:00 Thinking Strategically: Lessons Learned from Government and Private Sector Communications in the 21st Century Michelle Giuda, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
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.

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.

Pronunciation Workshop

Apassara Kolb

This training series focuses on the pronunciation features of American English and will help students improve their awareness and production of various aspects of pronunciation. Topics include consonant and vowel sounds, stress, intonation, rhythm, and problem areas for Vietnamese speakers of English.

Asian American Heritage Discussion

June 5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Asian American Officers at the U.S. Embassy Hanoi

To recognize the Asian American Heritage Month in the United States, a diverse group of Asian American Officers from the U.S. Embassy would like to share our experiences, triumphs and challenges of being Asian Americans including our lives as American diplomats representing the United States. Please join us at the American Center 170 Ngoc Khanh for this informal discussion.

“Betting on Zero” Screening and Discussion with Film Director

June 6, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Ted Braun, Award Winning Filmmaker

Come join us in a screening of documentary “Betting on Zero” and special discussion with Director Ted Braun! All your questions about the film making process as well as Ted’s film writing and producing career are welcome.

“Betting on Zero” is one of four films nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for best documentary screenplay of 2017. The film chronicles the campaign of controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and Latina activist Julie Contreras to expose Herbalife as a massive international pyramid scheme. The withering crossfire engulfs working class Latinos seeking justice, middle-Americans forging their financial future, and eventually draws federal regulators into an investigation that will affect the lives of millions around the world. “Betting On Zero” weaves deception, intrigue, and greed in a surprising, deeply emotional dive into the world of money, fraud and the American Dream. “Betting on Zero” premiered in the World Doc Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, where it won a special jury mention for investigative work. Since then “Betting on Zero” has been the subject of extensive international press coverage – in the NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and El Pais.

Director Ted Braun is also the director of NAACP Image Award Winning Darfur Now in 2007. Apart from being the inaugural holder of the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, Ted lectures, conducts seminars, and serves as a consultant around the U.S. and the world.

Simulation Events: Train the Trainers

June 14, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chelsea A Wilson and Le Minh Trang

In recent years, simulations such as Model United Nations, Model ASEAN, Model East Asia Summit, and Diplomacy Simulations have sky-rocketed in number. There are numerous programs dedicated to training future delegates participating in these simulations. Programs that focus on training ​moderators, facilitators, and chairs, however, are in short supply. This training workshop features a basic crash-course on how to lead and chair​ committees effectively. This training aims to give information about various types of simulations, rules of procedure, facilitating, public speaking, and other soft skills.

Musical Crossroads: Exploring Language, History, and Culture through Music in the U.S.

June 15, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Ramin Yazdanpanah, PhD, English Language Fellow

One of the most interesting and fun ways to explore culture and language is through music. This interactive presentation will focus on the intersection of music, history, society, and culture in the U.S.A. Participants will listen, learn, and sing through this musical journey. The presenter will also provide a musical performance to demonstrate how global cultures influence and shape music today.

Panel Talk on Women in Business/Leadership/ Entrepreneurship

June 19, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State
Please register here

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Royce joined by two Vietnamese women who participated in The Fortune – U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership program will share insights to empower women to reach success. Two Vietnamese women – Ms. Doan Thu Nga (2016) and Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh (2018) will share what they learned, observed and were inspired will be useful to wake up potentials inside each woman. They will answer questions about how mentorship can contribute women to develop their potentials. Ms. Royce, a businesswoman and former professor, had been the CEO and Principal of Marie Royce, LLC, in Fullerton, California, since 2016. She has over 30 years of experience in the private sector with Fortune 500 companies and as a small business owner, creating and launching start-ups and new initiatives and serving as a key business liaison to 80 countries. As a former educator/full-time university professor, Ms. Royce led an international grant program between two universities. She has engaged many federal government agencies and served on 20 non-profit boards.

Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh is the founder of Kis Startup Innovation Consulting, Coaching, Mentoring. She is one of 12 Innovation Coaches certified by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Ms. Minh also mentors at different start up business programs including MBI-Smart City Vietnam, and educates trainers at various universities around the region. She has 12 years of experience working and researching in entrepreneurship, business development, management and digital enterprise management. Additionally, she has 5 years of experience in teaching in English on e-business, innovation & entrepreneurship at Vietnam National University- International School. She holds a MSc. in Digital Enterprise Management from University of Westminster, the United Kingdom and B.A. from Foreign Trade University of Vietnam.

​​Vocal Variety and Body Language in Public Speaking

June 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tran Thi Thuy Trang

Vocal variety and body language can help beautify your delivery styles in public speaking. Come to American Center to learn how to sharpen these important skills with a very well-known method used by public speaking experts: deliberate practice.

Mini-Conference: New Partnerships to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution

June 29, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Jenna Jambeck, and international and Vietnamese experts

Vietnam is both a victim of ocean plastic pollution and a major contributor. With its 2,000 miles of coastline and numerous islands, marine plastics are a threat to Vietnam’s fisheries and tourism economy. Vietnam is also ranked fourth in the world for its contribution to the problem because of its poor solid waste management systems. As part of the U.S. Embassy’s End Plastic Pollution campaign, please join us to learn about new local and global partnerships to combat oceans plastic pollution, including an opportunity to hear from one of the top U.S. scientists on the topic, Dr. Jenna Jambeck.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink will open this mini-conference, which features the National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jenna Jambeck as the keynote speaker as well as presentations by international and Vietnamese experts who are launching new partnerships to tackle this serious global environmental issue. There will ample time for audience Q&A, so please bring your ideas! Please register to attend the mini-conference at

Thinking Strategically: Lessons Learned from Government and Private Sector Communications in the 21st Century

Friday, June 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Michelle Giuda, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

The Public Relations Society of America defines Public Relations as “a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

At its core, public relations is about influencing, engaging and building a relationship with key stakeholders across a myriad of platforms in order to shape and frame the public perception of an organization.

As the disciplines of marketing, technology and public relations continue to evolve, so do the definition and role of public relations professionals. Today’s communicators are responsible for developing strategies and implementing integrated tactics across a wide variety of platforms to create differentiated positioning and align business objectives to further amplify the organization’s message.

Join us this Friday for a chance to listen to and engage with Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda on her lessons learned from government and private sector communications in the 21st century. Assisant Secretary Giuda has a wealth of global strategic communications experience having previously served as senior vice president of Global Corporate Communications and managing strategy across 81 countries for Weber Shandwick in New York until January 2018. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Giuda was a political communications strategist in Washington, DC, serving for five years as a lead member of former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s communications team, including her role as National Deputy Press Secretary during the Speaker’s 2012 presidential campaign. Giuda also served as Communications Director of GOPAC, working to elect and advance the country’s next generation of top state and local leaders.