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

American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public

Notice: The American Center in Hanoi will be closed to the public during the lapse in appropriations, and scheduled programs are cancelled until further notice. Please follow our Facebook page for updates on program schedules.

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!
Dec. 3, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering the Soft Skill of Problem Solving Level 2 Cynthia McKinney
Dec. 4, 5:30 – 6:45 MOOC Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity. Register (required) here Nikki Nguyen
Dec. 11, 5:30 – 6:45 MOOC Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity. Register (required) here Nikki Nguyen
Dec. 12, 5:00 – 6:30 English for Career Preparation Rebecca Garcia
Dec. 17, 1:00 – 4:30 Programming for Arduino: Making Wireless Controlled Car (register here)
Dec. 17, 5:00 – 6:30 Mastering the Soft Skill of Professionalism Level 2 Cynthia McKinney
Dec. 18, 1:00 – 4:30 Programming for Arduino: Making Wireless Controlled Car (register here)
Dec. 18, 5:30 – 6:45 MOOC Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity. Register (required) here Nikki Nguyen
January 18, 8:00 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 3:30
The 8th U.S. Embassy Hanoi Blood Drive – TẾt GIFT 2019

Register here by midday January 17, 2019

U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Vietnam National Institute of Hematology- Blood Transfusion
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.

Mastering the Soft Skill of Problem Solving, Level 2

December 3, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Problem solving thinking refers to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems. Having the necessary skills to identify solutions to problems is one of the skills that employers look for in employees. The activities in this section focus on learning how to solve problems in a variety of ways in the workplace. Level 2 will present strategies for making ethical decisions, solving problems on a team with others, and learning how to include others’ ideas when assessing actions and statements in the workplace. The course will also include the idea of “thinking on your feet” and how to be prepared in a job interview and other life situations for the unexpected questions.

Mastering the Soft Skill of Professionalism Level 2

December 17, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cynthia McKinney

Employers want workers to be responsible, ethical, and team oriented. They also want workers to possess effective communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Wrap these skills up all together and you’ve got professionalism. Professionalism may look slightly different in various job settings, but the core elements are always the same. These core elements also give young employees a successful edge as they begin their careers. Professionalism is not one skill but the blending and integration of a variety of skills. Level 2 includes the skill of being professional in a setting where you are working with friends. Level 2 will also discuss the skill of self-reflection and how to use this as you increase your level of professionalism.

The 8th U.S. Embassy Hanoi Blood Drive – TET GIFT 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019, 8:00-11:30 and 1:30-3:30
at the American Center Auditorium, Rose Garden Tower, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi
Please read basic information for blood donors and sign up at by midday January 17th, 2019.
Please note that showing your Government-issued photo ID is compulsory to donate blood.

The annually U.S. Embassy Blood drives “Tết Gift” is usually organized before the Traditional Tết Holidays. The National Institute of Hematology Blood Transfusion (Vietnamese National Blood Bank) typically experience a lack of blood and blood products before and after the TET Holidays due to the shortage of blood donors. Donated blood is used to save lives of trauma victims, surgical patients, and patients with life-threatening blood diseases. Together we could bring the meaningful “Tết Gift” to the patients. Please sign up to donate and spread the word by inviting your family, friends. Donate blood. Give the gift of life. Thank you for your attention to the event.