Upcoming Events for the Public at the American Center Hanoi

American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public

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

Register here by 5:00 pm Sept. 17

American Center and Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)
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. 21, 3:00 – 4:00 How to Find Your “Right Fit” School? Register here EducationUSA Advising Center
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. 26, 3:00 – 4:30 How to Start your U.S. Studies Journey? Register here EducationUSA Advising Center
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, 3:00 – 4:30 Studying and Working in the U.S. Register here EducationUSA Advising Center
Sept. 28, 4:00 – 5:30 Debate Club American Center Interns
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 Vietnam: Documenting 25 Years of a Changing Country Catherine Karnow
Oct. 22, 2:00 – 3:30 Fake News and Empowering Every Citizen in the Media Maggie Farley
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.

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.

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.

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.

Vietnam: Documenting 25 Years of a Changing Country

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

Please join us as National Geographer Catherine Karnow shows her images and talks about the changes she has witnessed in Vietnam from 1990 to present day. A celebrated photographer in Vietnam, Catherine’s images and stories get under the surface to reveal surprising truths. Images chronicle the dark years in the early 1990’s to Vietnam’s opening to the world in the mid-nineties, to modern-day Vietnam and the frenetic fast-forward pace into the future. Catherine will also show photos from her close relationship to the late General Giap and his family; as well as both famous and ordinary people. Come see stunning images and hear fascinating stories.

Catherine Karnow Biography
          Born and raised in Hong Kong, San Francisco-based National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow has been photographing Vietnam for 28 years. In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photojournalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. And in 2013, she was the only foreigner to photograph up close the funeral and burial of General Giap.

Her retrospective: Vietnam 25 Years Documenting a Changing Country opened at the Art Vietnam gallery in Hanoi in April 2015. Catherine was widely covered in the major Vietnamese press, as well as in a PBS documentary on ‘Art in Vietnam’, which aired May, 2015. Her book, Vietnam 25 Years Documenting a Changing Country, both the soft back and the hardback ‘Collectors Edition’, are available in bookstores worldwide

Catherine has been teaching photography since 1995, and has taught National Geographic workshops, as well as for a myriad of private, corporate and editorial clients all over the world. Her own signature workshops in Umbria, Vietnam-Cambodia and South India are unique in the roster of workshops. She has presented for National Geographic LIVE to audiences of 2500 people, as well as to numerous other groups world-wide.

Fake News and Empowering Every Citizen in the Media

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.