American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in October 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 (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!
Oct. 1, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Professionalism Cynthia McKinney
Oct. 3, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Oct. 3, 2:30 – 3:30 Music Performance: Cello and Đàn Tranh Improvisation – When East Meets West Duyệt Thị Trang and Bryan Charles Wilson
Oct. 3, 5:00 – 6:30 English for Career Preparation Rebecca Garcia
Oct. 5, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars AC Interns
Oct. 9, 4:30 – 6:00 Make a Marketing Plan in Minutes Aaron Everhart
Oct. 10, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Oct. 11, 1:30 – 6:00
EducationUSA Business and STEM Programs Fair

at Hanoi Deawoo Hotel, 360 Kim Mã Street. Register here

EducationUSA Advising Center
Oct. 12, 3:00 – 5:00 On Assignment for National Geographic – People Photography Catherine Karnow
Oct. 17, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Oct. 17, 5:00 – 6:30 English for Career Preparation – Session 2: How to Write a Resume Rebecca Garcia
Oct. 19, 3:30 – 6:00 Pop-Up Museum of Empathy: Women’s Day Edition Museum of Empathy Vietnam
Oct. 22, 2:00 – 3:30 Is It True? How to Deal with Fake News Maggie Farley
Oct. 23, 3:00 – 4:30 Cyber Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Affairs Policy and Operations U.S. Embassy Hanoi Officers
Oct. 24, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Oct. 25, 4:00 – 5:30 Debate Club American Center Interns
Oct. 26, 5:00 – 6:30 From Strangers to Familiars American Center Interns
Oct. 29, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering the Soft Skill of Communication, Level 2 Cynthia McKinney
Oct. 30, 4:00 – 5:00 A Personal Story: Running for City Council in Seattle Bradley Meacham, U.S. Embassy Hanoi Officer
Oct. 31, 12:00 – 1:30 Pronunciation Workshop Jacqueline Gilbertson
Oct. 31, 5:00 – 6:30 English for Career Preparation Rebecca Garcia
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.

Music Performance: Cello and Đàn Tranh Improvisation – When East Meets West

October 3, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Duyệt Thị Trang and Bryan Charles Wilson

This event’s audience will enjoy the music improvisation between the Vietnamese đàn tranh and the western, classical, violoncello. The đàn tranh and violoncello are two instruments that historically have had little to no interaction with one another. Thousands of miles and hundreds of years of strict traditions separated these two wonderful instruments. When Vietnamese master of the đàn tranh, Duyệt Thị Trang, and American cellist, Bryan Charles Wilson, first collaborated, the synergetic magic between these instruments was quite apparent. Instead of relying upon the repertoire from their individual canons, they meet in the middle with improvisation. The event will feature music that fuses together two instruments and traditions that were destined to meet and cross cultural boundaries. There will be about 30-40 minutes of music performance and 20 minutes for Q&A.


  • Duyệt Thị Trang, master musician and maker of Vietnamese traditional instruments
  • Bryan Charles Wilson, cellist, composer, author, and music educator
Make a Marketing Plan in Minutes

October 9, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Aaron Everhart

Please come and join the “Make a Marketing Plan in Minutes” workshop on October 9 at 4:30 pm. Being designed based on #1 Amazon best-selling book, this interactive workshop for business managers and practitioners will guide you how to develop and present a real marketing plan FAST. After this workshop, you will understand key principles of effective marketing; in addition you will know how to create an actionable “one page” marketing plan. Bring your marketing challenge to the workshop and we’ll make a plan.

On Assignment for National Geographic – People Photography

October 12, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Catherine Karnow

Join us as National Geographer photographer Catherine Karnow will share her tips on how photography can help us connect with people around the world, and create long-lasting relationships. The secret to creating great photographs of people is getting to know your subjects and making a connection with them even before you pick up your camera. We invite you to come hear the surprising and amazing stories behind the photos, and learn important photographic techniques that help capture personality and improve the quality of your images. Guaranteed to be a highly entertaining and educational show.

Pop-Up Museum of Empathy: Women’s Day Edition

October 19, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Bảo Tàng Thấu Cảm (Museum of Empathy Vietnam)

Have you ever wondered: How different your life is from other people’s? At the Museum of Empathy, we display stories of people from all walks of life – a cancer patient, a prostitute, a former convict. To celebrate this year’s Vietnamese Women’s Day, we will put together an exhibition featuring a collection of women’s stories – stories of women who have endured hardship, but at the same time are strong and loving. Visitors will come, put on headphones, listen to their recorded life stories, and see life through the eyes of others. We encourage you to let go of judgement, and embrace vulnerabilities.

About the Organizers:
Bảo Tàng Thấu Cảm is a community project founded in June 2017 with a vision to spread empathy and connection among human beings from all walks of life through the practice of sharing, discussion and listening to others. The first exhibition in August 2017 has attracted over 300 attendants within 10 opening hours and over 100,000 organic Facebook reach in 1 week. From then on the project has mainly carried out a larger-scale exhibition, as well as a series of talk shows themed “Empathy in Art”, featuring locally and internationally well-known artists and academics.

Is It True? How to Deal with Fake News

October 22, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Maggie Farley

Are you interested in media and communication? How can citizens become smarter consumers of news and information in the modern world? Please join us on a talk and Q&A with visiting U.S. speaker Maggie Farley on the topic of fake news. English – Vietnamese interpretation will be provided. This session will be open to the media.

Maggie Farley Biography
Maggie Farley was a professional fellow at American University’s Journalism and Leadership Transformation program from 2015-2017 exploring the intersection of journalism and technology, and is now an adjunct professor at American University in the School of Communication. She is a co-creator of the fake news game, Factitious, as well as Hurl the Harasser and Commuter Challenge newsgames. Farley spent 14 years as an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. She was based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, covering Southeast Asia and then China before returning to New York to head the U.N. Bureau just in time to cover 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. Farley hopped to new media from old media in 2009, as a partner in Lucky G Media, creating digital educational content. Lucky Grasshopper, an animated app for learning Chinese characters, hit the App Store’s top ten in educational apps in 2010. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from Harvard University.

Mastering the Soft Skill of Communication, Level 2

October 29, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Communication skills have been ranked as the #1 skills that employers desire in a job candidate. These skills involve both how we give and receive information. In this course we will learn the various forms that people use to communicate. When an employee and supervisor learn to communicate well, there is a greater opportunity of job success. Effective communication helps to build success in our work and personal life. We will review the basics of communication and take a deeper look at successful communication in conflict situations. We will also focus on developing effective listening skills.

A Personal Story: Running for City Council in Seattle

October 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bradley Meacham, U.S. Embassy Hanoi Officer

November 6, Tuesday, will be midterm elections in the United States this year! Midterm elections are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term of office. Are you curious about how the U.S. political system works? Please join us in a discussion by U.S. Embassy Hanoi officer Bradley Meacham! Bradley will share his personal experience on what it was like to run for city council in Seattle, including the infrastructure he needed, the key policy issue at that time, fundraising, and most importantly, lessons learned. Come and chat with Bradley!