AC Hanoi’s Events for the Public in December 2016

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.

Time Program Speaker
Dec. 1, 11:00 – 12:15 Comparative Cultural Discussion Series Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 1, 3:00 – 4:30 MOOC 23 “English for Business and Entrepreneurship”, Facilitated Discussion #1. Register (required) here Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 2, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 8, 11:00 – 12:15 Comparative Cultural Discussion Series Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 8, 3:00 – 4:30 MOOC 23 “English for Business and Entrepreneurship”, Facilitated Discussion #2. Register (required) here Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 9, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 9, 11:00 – 12:00 Building Your Confidence Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in the State of Arkansas
Dec. 9, 11:00 – 12:00 Gender Based Violence Discussion
Chai Seroy, USAID’s Senior Advisor on Gender Based Violence
Dec. 12, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Training Series: Planning & Time Management Skills. Register (required) here
Hoang Ngoc Bich, Crestcom Vietnam
Dec. 13, 11:00 – 12:00 MOOC 24: Introduction to Public Speaking, Facilitated Discussion #1. Register (required) here Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advising Center, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 13, 2:00 – 3:00 Blow Your Mind: Improving Our Decision Making Kyle Witzigman, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Dec. 13, 3:30 – 5:00 A Visual Representation of Human Actions’ Impact on the Environment Stephen Aldrich and Hung Ha Quang, Indiana State University
Dec. 15, 11:00 – 12:15 Comparative Cultural Discussion Series Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 15, 3:00 – 4:30 MOOC 23 “English for Business and Entrepreneurship”, Facilitated Discussion #3. Register (required) here Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 16, 9:00 – 10:00 Overcoming Failures in Life Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in the state of Arkansas
Dec. 16, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 20, 11:00 – 12:00 MOOC 24: Introduction to Public Speaking, Facilitated Discussion #2. Register (required) here Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advising Center, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 22, 11:00 – 12:15 Comparative Cultural Discussion Series Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 22, 3:00 – 4:30 MOOC 23 “English for Business and Entrepreneurship”, Facilitated Discussion #4. Register (required) here Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 23, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 27, 11:00 – 12:00 MOOC 24: Introduction to Public Speaking, Facilitated Discussion #3. Register (required) here Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advising Center, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dec. 27, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Training Series: Communication Skills. Register (required) here
Hoang Ngoc Bich, Crestcom Vietnam
Dec. 29, 11:00 – 12:15 Comparative Cultural Discussion Series Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 29, 3:00 – 4:30 MOOC 23 “English for Business and Entrepreneurship”, Facilitated Discussion #5. Register (required) here Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Dec. 30, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Jan. 3, 11:00 – 12:00 MOOC 24: Introduction to Public Speaking, Facilitated Discussion #4. Register (required) here Bui Phuong Anh, EducationUSA Advising Center, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
David McAuley
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.

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.

Comparative Cultural Discussion Series

Thursdays, 11:00 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.

Building Your Confidence

December 9, 11:00 – 12:00 midday
Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in the State of Arkansas

Many times we face challenges in our lives and we can be uncertain of our ability to accomplish these challenges. Understanding our strengths and believing in our abilities can make us brave to face new challenges. To reach our full potential in life we will need to have confidence. There are things that decrease our confidence, and there are things that can build and increase our confidence. In this session, we will talk about the enemies of confidence to avoid and the steps to take to increase our level of confidence.

Gender Based Violence Discussion

December 9, 11:00 – 12:00 midday
Chai Seroy, USAID’s Senior Advisor on Gender Based Violence

Chai Seroy, USAID’s Sr. advisor on gender based violence (GBV) will be in Hanoi to talk about what the USG is doing to combat GBV. Come learn more about the topic and share your ideas!

Blow Your Mind: Improving our Decision Making

December 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Kyle Witzigman, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant

We make decisions all the time – what to wear if it is cold outside, what to eat when we’re hungry but we have a sports game later, or which babysitter to hire when our kids need someone to watch after them.
However, our mind can warp our judgment because of inherent bias. Join Kyle for a talk on how we can recognize different principles that guide our mind’s decision-making and how it influences our judgment. Knowing these biases allows us to confront them and improve our decision-making ability.

A Visual Representation of Human Actions’ Impact on the Environment

December 13, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Stephen Aldrich and Hung Ha Quang, Indiana State University

‘The environment is everything that isn’t me’: How geospatial techniques have changed how we understand the environment
The changing environment is a strong focus in the spatial sciences, which include geography, geology, and earth systems science. Many of these investigations deal with the power of human actions to reshape the environment, either as an intended outcome or as an unintended consequence. In this presentation, we will show the broad-reaching capabilities and utility of spatial technologies including geographic information systems (computer mapping and analysis, GIS), geographic positioning systems (GPS), and air and satellite photography (remote sensing) in environmental analysis. We will focus on monitoring the evolving human landscape via remote sensing and other geographic data, modeling the environmental impacts of human economic/social activity, and the opportunities for improved lives that these spatial technologies and techniques can bring us. We will also discuss how these technologies have transformed geography and earth science and how we understand environmental change and its consequences for humanity.

Overcoming Failures in Life</h5
December 16, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Cynthia A. McKinney, Social Worker in the state of Arkansas

Overcoming Failures in Life: Failure is a part of life. Many times we are afraid of failure. When failure happens, many people see the failure as a barrier to reaching a goal. The failure can become a stumbling block that causes a person to lose their focus and stop reaching for their goal. In this session we will discuss how to turn our failures into stepping stones that help us reach our goals in life.