Events for the Public – April 2014

All of the below events are open for 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 to If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.


All events take place at 1st Floor of the Rose Garden Tower at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi, except those noted otherwise.  Remember to take your ID with you.

Conversation Hour

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 Innovation

April 14, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Spencer Cryder, U.S. Embassy

Recent articles claim that the inventions and ideas of the 21st century pale in comparison to those of the 20th century; that humans are losing the ability to truly innovate.  Breakthroughs like planes, electricity, space travel, and even the toilet revolutionized our world.  Are all the big breakthroughs behind us?  Join Spencer Cryder to discuss the state of innovation and decide for yourself whether breakthrough and innovation in our lifetime (in areas such as information technology and human genome mapping) will continue to fundamentally change the world like they have in the past.

Studies in the U.S.: Finding a Right School and Seeking for Financial Aid    

April 14, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Nguyen Le Huyen, U.S. Embassy

Do you know how may accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.? If you could study in the U.S. where and what would you study? Are you looking for an affordable way to earn a degree? Come to attend our session on Study in the U.S. with our EducationUSA Adviser to find the answers.

American Center Orientation for New and Old Users

April 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Quan Mai Binh & Le Duc Tho, American Center

Come join us for a special orientation on renewed American Center’s services, products and activities. You will learn about how you can use the facilities, help each other, what you can do and should do at the AC, how the staff and interns can support you. Bring your suggestions and recommendations for a better studying environment. Don’t miss it!

Fulbright Master’s Scholarship: Tips on How to Apply

April 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Nguyen Thi Hanh, U.S. Embassy Program Assistant

Fulbright is a prestigious program that enables young Vietnamese professionals to enroll into Master’s degree programs at U.S. universities.  This full-scholarship program covers tuition and fees, monthly stipend, round-trip airfare and health insurance for the successful candidates.  Joining the information session, you’ll meet the U.S. Embassy program assistant and two Fulbrighters who have completed their programs in the U.S.  You will hear their success stories, learn the tips for preparing a strong application and acing an interview, and, of course, have a chance to ask any questions related to the program.

Training: Soft Skills for Recent Graduates

April 16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Bui Tuan Linh, Fulbright Alumnus

Straight out of college, you’ve got a job, with a big name organization. Welcome to the never-ending, mind-blowing, and frustrating professional world. Finding yourself between a rock and a hard place, you might even question your career path.  This workshop, focusing on workload management & planning skills will introduce skills  and practical advices on how to survive the “office shock” and cruise into management level in a global organization. Among our panelists are Mr. Bui Tuan Linh, a Fulbright alumnus and Ms. Mai Thuy Hang, HR consulting manager of Manpower Group Vietnam.  Other panelists are a few of your peers, those with intellect and excellent skills and are excited about hitting the job market yet might not be absolutely sure of the challenges waiting ahead.

Birth of the Universe and the Meaning of Space-time

April 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Dr. Grant Mathews, VEF U.S. Faculty Scholar

Why is the universe so large? Is the universe finite or infinite? Why are there only 3 large space dimensions plus time?  Professor Grant J. Mathews, Director of the Center for Astrophysics, Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, will guide you through a journey across the universe and into its deep past, to answer these and other questions you may have…

Soft Skills Workshop: Presentation Skills

April 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Tran Thi Thuy Trang, USG Exchange Program Alumna

People who are excellent in both English and presentation skills have great competitive advantages in today’s global market. English presentation skills allow people to demonstrate their knowledge, get their messages across, and make a difference in global community. The workshop will be full of activities to help people get more insights into the right process of preparing for a speech, language use, vocal variety, and body language.

Vocabulary Art Workshop

April 18, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Nguyen Nhue Giang, USG Exchange Program Alumna

Do you get stuck and bored with memorizing lists of new words in English?  Come to this fun vocabulary workshop to draw and learn new words.  Ms. Nguyen Nhue Giang, an exchange program alumna and an English instructor at Vietnam National University, will demonstrate how you can expand your vocabulary by drawing and telling stories.

Debate Club: “Knowledge economy can not work without protecting intellectual property rights”

April 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

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!

President Obama Viewing Party and Discussion at the American Center

April 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Spencer Cryder, U.S. Embassy

President Obama is holding a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 27.  He will be answering questions that you and your peers asked through our Facebook interaction and the YSEALI network.  Come to the American Center on Monday afternoon to watch the video recording of the Town Hall and join Spencer afterwards for a discussion of this important initiative.

Check out the website for more information about this program