Events for the Public – February 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
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Nicole Bright-Hardee, Guest Speaker

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.

Legal Education in the U.S.
February 2, 2:00 -3:00 pm
Enver Burak Can, Director, Graduate and International Programs, Penn State Law

The presentation is about the U.S. legal education in general. It focuses on how to choose the right school and what to watch out for when applying to law schools. It also provides information about the bar exams for international lawyers.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer
February 5, 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.

​In this session, Lisa would like to introduce to you South Carolina – her home state.  And David Murrey, also South Carolinian (even though one of Hanoi’s favorites these days) will join her to boost the presentation.

Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People
February 5, 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.

Debate Club: “Should All Vietnamese Have Free Health Care?”
February 6, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
AC 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.

Managing Your Career
February 6, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Photography/Film/Art — Bùi Thạc Chuyên, Vice Director of Center for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents; Đỗ Quốc Trung, Film Director

Are you a working person or an undergraduate student? What are you studying or doing? Do you want to plan for future jobs? Have you ever questioned if what you are studying can really help you reach your dream? What do you need to do in order to manage your career and to be successful both in work and life?

The “Managing Your Career” series organized by the American Center can help you understand more about your strengths and weaknesses, about job opportunities and trends and about 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.

What Inspires Writers to Write
Tuesday February 10, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
John Kachuba, Guest Speaker

Come to the American Center to meet an American author – John Kachuba is the author of six books, four of them about ghosts and the paranormal, and five e-books. He teaches Creative Writing at Ohio University and Antioch Midwest University and is s frequent speaker on radio and TV and at universities, libraries, and conferences.  He’s looking forward to talking to you and hearing from you.  Maybe you can inspire him for his next book?

Drugs and Society
February 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Kevin Mulvey, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Embassy Hanoi

The presentation and discussion will discuss: “Everything you wanted to know about drugs but were afraid to ask”. The presentation will focus on how drugs and drug problems are defined. What are the main drugs being used globally as well as in Vietnam. In addition, what are the prevention and treatment options available and can be used to address these substances.