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: 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.
|Nov. 1, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 1, 1:00 – 2:30||Discussion about the Peace Corps Program||Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director|
|Nov. 1, 5:20 – 6:50||MOOC 20 “Marketing in a Digital World”, Facilitated Discussion #5. Register (required) here||Nikki Nguyen|
|Nov. 2, 5: 00 – 6:30||MOOC 21 “Fundamentals of Management”, Facilitated Discussion #3. Register (required) here||Tran Thi Thuy Trang|
|Nov. 3, 9:30 – 11:00||MOOC 22 “Foundations of Everyday Leadership”, Facilitated Discussions #2. Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 3, 11:15 – 12:15||American Culture Lecture Series||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 4, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Nov. 9, 7:00 – 1:00||
Election Day: Live Streaming and Activities
|Nov. 10, 9:30 – 11:00||MOOC 22 “Foundations of Everyday Leadership”, Facilitated Discussions #3. Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 10, 11:15 – 12:15||American Culture Lecture Series||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 15, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 16, 10:00 – 11:00||Managing Stress in Your Life||Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in Arkansas, USA|
|Nov. 16, 3:00 – 4:30||Cyber Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Affairs Policy and Operations||Todd Cheng, Paul Fano, Jing Wright, & Kevin Daucher , U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Nov. 16, 5: 00 – 6:30||MOOC 21 “Fundamentals of Management”, Facilitated Discussion #4. Register (required) here||Tran Thi Thuy Trang|
|Nov. 17, 9:30 -11:00||MOOC 22 “Foundations of Everyday Leadership”, Facilitated Discussions #4. Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 17, 11:15 – 12:15||American Culture Lecture Series||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 18, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Nov. 18, 2:00 – 3:15||Creative Partnerships to Combat Wildlife Trafficking||The Discovery Channel, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of State|
|Nov. 18, 4:00 – 5:15||Speech and Q&A on U.S. Department of Justice’s Action on Environmental Enforcement and Protection of Natural Resources||John Cruden, U.S. Assistant Attorney General|
|Nov. 18, 5:15 – 6:45||Special Film Screening and Discussion: Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale||Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Nov. 22, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 25, 11:15 – 12:15||American Culture Lecture Series||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|Nov. 25, 10:00 -11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Nov. 28, 2:00 – 3:30||How to Create and Sell a Book of Your Photographs||Lawrence D’Attilio, author of “The Soul of Vietnam” published July 2016 by The Gioi Publishers|
|Nov. 29, 1:30 – 3:30||Volunteerism in America: How Individuals Can Help Create Change||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|November 29, and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00||Pronunciation Workshop 4, Register (required) here by 5pm Nov. 22||Helen Huntley, ESL Educator|
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
David McAuley or Diana Johnson
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 variety of topics. This club is also a good chance for you to meet new friends and enjoy lot of fun games, discussions and activities.
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.
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.
Introduction to eLibraryUSA
Fridays, 11:00 – 11:30 am
eLibraryUSA is an online library with free access to 30+ up-to-date databases including researches, journals, books, articles, encyclopedias, films, photographs, magazines, topics and references for students, teachers, youth, businessmen and kids. Please come join in our orientation session to learn more about a plentiful and helpful resource of information, then you can register to get your own login account to access to eLibraryUSA from any Internet connection.
Pronunciation Workshop 3
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
This 12-week pronunciation course 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.
Pronunciation Workshop 4
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Helen Huntley, ESL Educator
The American Center, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Hanoi are offering Pronunciation Workshops for university graduates and mid-level officers who are living in Hanoi. Undergraduate students will not be eligible for this program.
American Culture Lecture Series
Thursdays, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Amy Baum, ESL Educator
If you’re interested in learning more about American culture, as well as how it differs from and relates to Vietnamese culture, come join this informal discussion series at the American Center. Each week, a different feature of American culture will be explored, such as family dynamics, marriage, gender, and politics. Discussion will be centered around how this cultural aspect relates to relevant parts of Vietnamese culture, with all participants actively encouraged to participate.
Maximizing Your Potential for Success
Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Do you want to develop daily habits that will help you create long-term success? Do you want to find out how to create personal goals and stick to them? This course brings together tips and experiences from highly successful people, covering topics such as time management, task prioritization, and goal setting to help you discover and maximize your unique potential for reaching your dreams.
How to Follow Your Dreams with Passion
October 31, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Kevin Thor, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
What do you believe in? What opportunities do you work towards? How are you inspired? For many people, opportunities to follow our passion and reach our goals are not simply given to us, but rather achieved through dedication and perseverance. In this discussion, learn to pursue hard work and take risks for your dreams that can lead to the many opportunities you desire. Through this, you will find inspiration in what matters most: yourself.
Discussion about the Peace Corps Program
November 1, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director
You are invited to a Discussion about the Peace Corps Program with Ms. Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director, to learn about the work of Peace Corps volunteers in the ASEAN region and around the globe, and to interact with former Peace Corps volunteers as they share highlights of their service.
Managing Stress in Your Life
November 16, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in Arkansas, USA
Life is full of many demands. Sometimes we can feel like we do not have enough time in 1 day to get everything done. There can be problems we worry about. We can experience much pressure and negative emotions in our lives at different times. These things can cause us to experience stress. When stress is not managed well in our lives, we can have physical and emotional problems. Our productivity and energy level can be decreased. Our relationships can also suffer from stress that is not managed well. Come learn about how stress affects us and how we can manage stress in our lives. This will also be a time of fun interaction as we experiment with some quick and easy relaxation tips.
Cyber Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Affairs Policy and Operations
November 16, 3:00 -4:30 pm
Todd Cheng, Paul Fano, Jing Wright, & Kevin Daucher, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
A candid discussion from US Embassy personnel regarding challenges and opportunities of Cybersecurity policy and operations in supporting the US Foreign Affairs community. The round table will include perspectives of US policy supporting multi-stake approach, protecting the employees on cyber security, and being a woman working in cyber security.
Creative Partnerships to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
November 18, 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Come join us to learn about new and creative partnerships to combat wildlife trafficking! Presenters from The Discovery Channel, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of State, and others will discuss and share the latest technology, policy, and media innovations that are targeting wildlife crime to save the most endangered species on our planet. This event will include technology demonstrations, presentations and Q&A with the audience. Please bring your ideas and questions and join in the fun of this interactive event!
Speech and Q&A on U.S. Department of Justice’s Action on Environmental Enforcement and Protection of Natural Resources
November 18, 4:00 – 5:15 pm
John Cruden, U.S. Assistant Attorney General
Please join John Cruden, U.S. Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice, as he explains the work that he does to advance environmental enforcement and the protection of natural resources in the United States. Mr. Cruden, who was appointed as the senior official of ENRD by President Obama, will provide a brief explanation of his work to enforce U.S. environmental laws, including work to prosecute those who engage in wildlife trafficking. He will also discuss some of the important litigation that his organization has been recently involved in, including the historic Deepwater Horizon lawsuit against BP and the litigation against Volkswagen for installation of “defeat devices” that enabled the car manufacturer to evade air pollution standards.
Special film screening: Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale
November 18, 5:15 – 6:45 pm
Join us for a special screening of Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale, which tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month, the keepers and scientist looking after the herd become tireless surrogate mothers. Camp scientist Mike Chase has launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent; a last ditch effort to help them survive. Now, he must race to defend an entire species while struggling to save a single life. This special screening of Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale will be presented by Vulcan Productions and the U.S. Department of State.
How to Create and Sell a Book of Your Photographs
November 28, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Lawrence D’Attilio, Author of “The Soul of Vietnam” published July 2016 by The Gioi Publishers
It is easy and costs nothing to post your best photographs on Facebook and Instagram but after a few days not many people will see them. Beautiful artistic photographs can last for centuries and more people will look at some of them as time passes. How can you increase the importance of your photographs to do this? You can print them but it is hard to sell them and too expensive to give as gifts. But a book is an efficient way to give people a chance to see your photos over a long time period. This workshop shows you how to plan and create a book, pay for the printing and find ways to market it.
Volunteerism in America: How Individuals Can Help Create Change
November 29, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Did you know that volunteering has been an important part of American culture for over 100 years? In this workshop, we will explore the history of volunteerism in the United States and discuss why it has far-reaching benefits for everyone in a community. Designed as an interactive experience, students will examine ways in which they can address community needs and get involved in meaningful volunteer activities.