American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in September 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:

  • 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. 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!
Sept. – Oct. 2018
Future Leader Camp
American Center and Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)
Sept. 5, 4:00 – 6:00 Personal Values – Explore Your Inner Compass Linh Pham, Knowmads
Sept. 6, 2:30 – 4:30 Smart Cities for All: Putting People First Phạm Thị Thanh Long and Đỗ Thùy Dương
Sept. 10, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Teamwork Cynthia McKinney
Sept. 11, 2:00 – 4:00 Introduction to Public Speaking Jen Vũ Hương
Sept. 11, 4:00 – 6:00 Panel Discussion on Team Dynamics Aaron Everhart, Đào Xuân Hoàng, and Cassie Nguyễn, and Mark Runge
Sept. 14, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Sept. 17, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Networking Cynthia McKinney
Sept. 21, 3:00 – 4:00 Resume Writing Workshop Matthew Alan House
Sept. 24, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Problem Solving Cynthia McKinney
Sept. 26, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Sept. 27, 5:00 – 6:30 Why Wearing Proper Helmets Matters? Dr. Paul Jantz, U.S. Fulbright Scholar
Sept. 28, 2:00 – 4:00 Dance/ Movement Therapy Introduction Workshop Bui Tuyet Minh, Fulbright Alumna and Prof. Kim Dunphy
Sept. 28, 4:00 – 5:30 Debate Club American Center Interns
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.

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.

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.

Personal Values – Explore Your Inner Compass

September 5, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Linh Pham, Knowmads

In the most basic term, personal values represent things that are most important for us. Whether we are conscious of them or not, values play a vital role in all of our major life choices, ranging from which career to follow to who we want to be friend with. Personal values can also help us to determine the person we want to become.

In this workshop, you are invited to explore what are the things you value most right now. We hope that by getting in touch with this inner compass, you can navigate through life with more clarity and awareness.

Smart Cities for All: Putting People First

September 6, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Phạm Thi Thanh Long and Đỗ Thùy Dương

Cities around the world are piloting combinations of technologies to develop smart cities. As an urban management and governance trend, the smart city idea has moved from concept to mainstream within the past decade.

As end-users of public services, interactive subjects of physical systems, and generators of data and information, citizens/residents should also be key contributors of ideas for policy-making processes and co-creators of city solutions.

How can you as young entrepreneurs and talents be a part of this journey? Let’s discuss!

Team Dynamics

September 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Investors invest in teams because team dynamics can make or break a startup. We put together this panel of successful and famous Vietnamese entrepreneurs to share their successes and lesson-learned stories. Aaron Everhart, Chairman of Hatch Ventures, will facilitate this discussion.


  • Đào Xuân Hoàng: CEO and Founder of Monkey Junior
  • Cassie Nguyễn: Co-Founder and COO of ABIVIN Vietnam
  • Mark Runge
Why Wearing Proper Helmets Matters?

September 27, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Paul Jantz, U.S. Fulbright Scholar

Do you want to know how the brains get injured during a motorcycle/motorbike accident? Why is it important to buy a good quality helmet and how to wear it properly? What makes a good-quality helmet? Dr. Paul Jantz, a Fulbright researcher specializing on traumatic brain injuries, will speak about traumatic brain injuries.

Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Vietnam. According to the World Health Organization, traumatic brain injury is the main cause of fatal and non-fatal injury for motorcycle users. About 2,000 children die in traffic accidents every year in Vietnam and many suffer serious brain damage on motorbikes. Though most adults wear helmets, most helmets are just plastic caps providing no protection against anything other than a police fine.

Resume Writing Workshop

September 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Matthew Alan House
Are you thinking about applying to attend a university in the United States? What about applying to work overseas? Having a professional-looking resume is one key aspect to have if you want to do these things. This workshop will assist in developing a professional resume. Area of focus during this workshop will be group critique on each other’s resume, tips on resume editing, and formatting the resume. Attendees should bring 2x copies of their existing resume to the workshop (1 for group critique and 1 for instructor critique).

The instructor is Army Captain Matthew Alan House, who recently presented his book, Soldier and Spouse and Their Traveling House, at the American Center. He is a published author and enjoys helping others develop professional resumes.

Dance/ Movement Therapy Introduction Workshop

September 28, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bui Tuyet Minh, Fulbright Alumna, M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy

This is a unique dance/movement-based workshop which offers practical knowledge of dance/movement therapy and creative stimulus for conducting dance/movement to people with intellectual disabilities. The workshop could be useful as a foundation for newcomers to the field or a professional development resource for those with more experience in dance/movement and
disabilities. The workshop is expected to bring more effective contribution to the health, wellbeing, and fitness of the people with disabilities as well as community connectedness.

– Ms. Bui Tuyet Minh, Fulbright Alumna, M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy
– Prof. Kim Dunphy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne; President, Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia, Chair, Research Committee, PACFA.