September 2016

Events are open to the public free of charge. Please visit our Eventbrite or Facebook page to view event schedules. If you would like to attend, please arrive on time. For events that require registration in advance, a registration link will be provided in the announcement.

Note: ID card is required for entry.

September 2016

Understanding and managing America’s Ocean Treasures
Time: Thursday, September 1, 2.00 -4.00 p.m
Speaker: Dr. Robert J. Brock, Marine Biologist, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center
Come learn from the Marine Biologist, Dr. Robert Brock, to discuss about the institutions and Government agencies who seek to understand the mysteries of the ocean through research and monitoring and responsibly manage human behavior around the many marine ecosystems through outreach, education, and regulation.

STEM Info Session #4: Creative Game with Kodu
Time: Tuesday, September 6, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Instructors: University of Science Mentors
Come learn about basic steps to program a 3D Game using Kodu and gain some hands-on experience with the help of mentors from the University of Science. This session will be in Vietnamese.

English Club
Time:  Tuesday, September 7, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Instructor: Kenya Jordana James, U.S. Consulate Officer
This month, you and your friends will have the chance to practice giving a two minute speech on American culture. Good times!

Short Story Club
Time: Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 7:00p.m
Instructor: Cody Titensor, U.S. Consulate Officer
“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” – George Saunders. Come join our Short Story Club, where we will read and discuss the short and humorous story  “The Story of An Hour”, written by American author Kate Chopin . Read the story here:

Women’s Leadership Club: Women Safety and Human Trafficking
Time: Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm – 7:00am
Speaker: Mimi Vu, Pacific Links Foundation
Tips for girls and women to identify risks and protect themselves from endangered situation such as human trafficking.

Short Story Club
Time: Tuesday, September 27, 5:30 – 7:00p.m
Instructor: Cody Titensor, U.S. Consulate Officer
Come join our Short Story Club, where we will read and discuss the story which set in beautiful, tropical Hawaii. This story from the year 1908 is about growing up, falling in love, and the challenges created by racism in our society . Read the story here:
We encourage you all to read this short story before our next session. Bring your friends and questions!

EdUSA Info session
Time: Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Instructors: University of Tennessee, the VA Tech English Language Institute, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Pellissippi State Community College.

Understanding U.S. Elections: Presidential Debates
Time: Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Speaker: Andrew Riplinger, U.S. Consulate Officer

Many Americans make their decision on which candidate to support for President after watching the Presidential Debates.  This important election year tradition shows the top Presidential Candidates debating their positions on various political issues live on TV in the two months before the election.  Come listen to Consular Officer Andrew Riplinger discuss the history of Presidential  Debates over time, and then view highlights of the first of three Presidential Debates between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump.

Honor Colleges in the U.S
Time: Friday, September 30, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Speaker: Larry Berman, Founding Dean of the Honors College, Georgia State University; Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
What are the opportunities and reasons to study at an Honors College in the United States?  Why do state-supported schools have honors programs and colleges to attract and retain high ability students?  What types of curricula and research opportunities are available in Honors Colleges?  What types of scholarships and financial assistance are available to international students?  These and other issues related to the emergence of Honors Colleges in the United States will be explored.