Events for the Public – April 2015

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 bring  your ID with you.

Conversation Hour
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy

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.

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.

American History Moments
Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00
Brad Powell

  • April 9th — A Quest for a New World – The Colonization of America: After European explorers discover the Americas at the end of the 15th century, the promise of adventure, riches, and religious freedom drives thousands of European colonists to settle in these lands. However, this land is neither infinite nor uninhabited, and the desire for territory drives the colonial powers into conflict with the natives … and each other.
  • April 16th — The Rise to Rebellion – The American Revolution: After two and a half centuries of colonization and struggle, the thirteen British colonies on the eastern coast of North America are prosperous and secure. However, in the mid 18th century, a series of higher taxes, strict laws, and a new philosophy causes these colonies to revolt against the most powerful empire in the world.
  • April 23rd — Independence – The Foundations of a State: Having won independence from the British Empire after an eight year war, the newly formed United States of America struggles to form a national identity. With a new revolution brewing in Europe and questions of slavery and power threatening to tear the new country apart, its people must decide what kind of nation they want to live in and what challenges they want to face.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer
April 1, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Lisa B. Wishman, U.S. Embassy Press Officer

Would you like to know what’s in the U.S. news? Would you like to chat with the U.S. Embassy’s Press Officer Lisa Bess Wishman? If so, please plan to join her at the American Center on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 4:30. Lisa, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, has served in Tel Aviv, Israel; Ottawa, Canada; and Washington, D.C. After having studied Vietnamese in Hanoi for 11 months, she assumed her position as the Embassy’s press officer in August 2014 and will remain in Vietnam through summer 2016. She looks forward to getting to know you better.

Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People
April 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Brad Powell

Want to learn more about effective communication and interpersonal skills? Want to be successful in work and life? Come and join our soft skill training series on every Thursday morning at 10:00AM with Brad Powell, a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the habits of the most successful people in society, and you might find out how to achieve a smooth transition from aspiring youngsters to effective leaders in the near future.

The Things they Carry
April 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Alexander Yates, Novelist

In this session we will examine the ways in which writers can use both objects and setting as tools for effective storytelling. As a group we will review two celebrated works of American and English literature, and discuss how those authors used setting to develop their characters. We will also do a group activity, and write our own mini-stories.

Introduction to eLibraryUSA
April 7, 4:30- 5:00 pm
American Center

eLibrary-USA is an online library with free access to 30+ up-to-date databases including researches, journals, books, articles, encyclopedias, films, photographs, magazines, topics and references for students, teachers, youth, businessmen and kids.  Please come join in our orientation session to learn more about a plentiful and helpful resource of information, then you can register to get your own login account to access to eLibraryUSA from any Internet connection.

“Baseball Connect”
April 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Phil Rognier, Executive Director of FirstSwing

This is not just about baseball. Our guest speaker would like to discuss value of sports for youngsters in their socialization process. He will also talk about how “Baseball Connect” brings together local community leaders, local and international businesses in a cooperative effort to improve social conditions, academic and physical education, and provide a fun and healthy outside activity.

Study Math in the U.S. High School & a Mock Math Lesson
April 9, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Jamie Otis, Principal, North Broward High School, U.S.

Math – either you love it or hate it – is an indispensable and fundamental subject in every secondary program. Come and join us in a lively presentation about how students study maths in the U.S. high schools and an interactive teaching demonstration that shows how students can be engaged in learning math while developing concrete problem solving and critical thinking skills. You will also experience how using modeling and educational games can make abstract math concepts ‘visible’ to students and help them understand the math behind the numbers.

Save Rhino
Apr. 10, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Maggie Q (Actress), WildAid’s Ambassador

Rhinos are iconic global species on the verge of extinction doe to illegal poaching for their horn. Demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, particularly Vietnam, has grown rapidly in recent years, leading to the dramatic decline in the global rhino population.  Operation Game Change (OGC), WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, CHANGE and many other organizations, alliances and campaigns work together to stop the rhino horn trade. And one goodwill ambassador of these efforts is our guest speaker at the AC.  Join the event with WildAid worldwide Ambassador – renowned Vietnamese-American actor Maggie Q, to learn about WildAid’s campaign to reduce rhino horn demand in Vietnam.

American Country Music and Dance
April 10, 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Jill Kester, U.S. Department of State Senior English Language Fellow

Our guest speaker will lead the audience in a discussion of the concept of culture and ways of talking about culture. She will then introduce the participants to a special American sub-culture: country music and dance! The audience will learn some basic country-dance steps and dance to some fun country music. Be prepared for a friendly competition!

Managing Your Career
The “Managing Your Career” series can help you understand better your strengths and weaknesses, trends in the field and ways to tackle future challenges. Please join us and learn from our guest speakers who are the leaders in their respective fields and who will share their insights, experiences and wisdom. Discussion sessions will be held on the first and third Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m., unless the AC is closed.

100K Friends JAM Offline @ The American Club, 19 Hai Ba Trung Street
Register here:
April 15, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Venue: The American Club, 19 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi

Join us for a special event to celebrate one year anniversary of reopening the American Center and reaching 100,000 “likes” on U.S. Embassy Facebook!

This is going to be a big party – so, we are “bringing” the American Center to the American Club;

April is Jazz Appreciation Month – so, we’ll be jamming to the sound of live jazz by DoMiFa;

There will be quizzes and games with prizes – so, bring your friends to make it more fun;

Early birds get small gifts – so, be on time!

Let’s make it an unforgettable day for you and for the AC!

The Art of Description
April 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Alexander Yates, Novelist

Description is one of the most essential aspects of storytelling. It can also, very often, be dreadfully boring! In this session we will discuss what makes description both interesting to read and fun to write. We will look at examples from published stories, and write some of our own.

E-communication Etiquette

April 24, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Wendy Zaman, Information Resources Officer, U.S. State Department

Electronic communication is increasingly important to personal and workplace collaboration in the digital age. Ineffective emails or online posting might cost you business, rip you the chance of getting into your dream schools, or simply make people unwilling to interact with you.  Please come join us to learn about the elements of a great email and how to make a constructive conversation on sensitive issues on social media sites.