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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.
***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Register here.***
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.
|Jul. 1, 2:00 – 5:00||Music Jam with Pacific Jazz Combo||Jazz Combo of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia (PDF 166 KB)|
|July 2, 10:00 – 11:00||An Hour with an American Friend||Susan Tapia|
|Jul. 2, 3:00 – 4:00||MOOC 2: Introduction to Marketing – Facilitated Discussion #5 (PDF 476 KB)||American Center|
|Jul. 2, 4:00 – 4:30||MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking – Information Session (PDF 506 KB)||American Center|
|Jul. 6, 2:30 – 3:30||Principles for English Teaching and Learning||Phung Van Huy and Jill Kester|
|Jul. 6, 3:00 – 4:00||Meet the Author: Lotusland, a Novel Set in Contemporary Vietnam||David Joiner|
|July 7, 10:00 – 11:00||An Hour with an American Friend||Susan Tapia|
|Jul. 7, 2:00 – 5:00||Movie Tuesdays @AC: Interstellar (PG-13) (2014)||American Center|
|Jul. 8, 2:00 – 3:30||Debate Club: “Competition and peer pressure is beneficial in education”||American Center|
|Jul. 8, 3:30 – 4:30||Model East Asia Summit: Information Session||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 9, 10:00 – 11:00||An Hour with an American Friend||Brad Powell|
|Jul. 9, 3:00 – 4:00||Old Guys and Their Airplanes||John Mollison, Charlie Plumb, Rick Lingberg|
|Jul. 9, 4:00 – 5:30||MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking – Facilitated Discussion #1 (PDF 506 KB)||Nikki Nguyen|
|Jul. 10, 10:00 – 11:00||Public Speaking||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 10, 2:00 – 3:00||10 Life Lessons Learned through a Career in Journalism||Jay Hartwell, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa|
|Jul. 13, 3:30 – 4:30||Pronunciation Workshop||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 14, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Susan Tapia|
|Jul. 14, 3:00 – 5:00||Movie Tuesdays @ AC: The Theory Of Everything (PG-13) (2014)||American Center|
|Jul. 15, 10:00 – 11:30||American English Club||American Center|
|Jul. 15, 3:00 – 4:00||Life as a Woman Diplomat||Rena Bitterm, Chargé d’Affaires|
|Jul. 16, 10:00 – 11:00||An Hour with an American Friend||Brad Powell|
|Jul. 16, 3:00 – 4:00||Film Show: 19||Lê Hoàagrave;ng Ánh Ngọc, Film Producer, “10 Months 10 Docs” Project|
|Jul. 16, 4:00 – 5:30||MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking (PDF 506 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #2||Nikki Nguyen|
|Jul. 17, 10:00 – 11:00||Effective Writing Blurb||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 17, 3:00 – 4:00||Managing Your Career: Creative Writing||Nguyễn Quang Thiều, Writer, USG Alumnus|
|Jul. 20, 3:30 – 4:30||Pronunciation Workshop||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 21, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Susan Tapia|
|Jul. 21, 3:00 – 5:00||Movie Tuesdays @AC: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 22, 2:00 – 4:00||Model East Asia Summit: Training Session (PDF 588 KB)
Register at https://goo.gl/6wH7NG by 5:00 pm, July 20, 2015
|Jul. 23, 9:00 – 11:00||Model East Asia Summit: Training Session (PDF 588 KB)
Register at https://goo.gl/6wH7NG by 5:00 pm, July 20, 2015
|Jul. 23, 10:00 – 11:00||An Hour with an American Friend||Brad Powell|
|Jul. 23, 2:00 – 3:00||The Art of Negotation||Alexander Yates, Novelist|
|Jul. 23, 3:00 – 4:00||Student Life in the U.S. – Perspective from Army Cadets||American Students/ROTC Cadets|
|Jul. 23, 4:00 – 5:30||MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking (PDF 506 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #3||Nikki Nguyen|
|Jul. 24, 10:00 – 11:00||Acing an Interview||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 24, 3:00 – 4:00||Award Ceremony for Student Development Video Contest Winners||USAID/Vietnam|
|Jul. 27, 3:30 – 4:30||Pronunciation Workshop||Navarre Freeman|
|Jul. 28, 10:00 – 11:30||Journalism and the Art of Storytelling||Janet Steele, Associate Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University|
|Jul. 28, 3:00 – 5:00||Movie Tuesdays @AC: Big Hero 6 (PG)||American Center|
|Jul. 29, 8:00 – 2:00||Model East Asia Summit Meeting: Global Health Security (PDF 588 KB)||American Center|
|Jul. 30, 2:00 – 3:00||The Art of Debate||Alexander Yates, Novelist|
|Jul. 30, 4:00 – 5:30||MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking (PDF 506 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #4||Nikki Nguyen|
|Jul. 31, 10:00 – 11:00||Writing a Resume||Navarre Freeman|
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
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!
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.
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.
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.
Movie Tuesdays @ AC
2:00 -5:00 pm
- July 7, 2015: Interstellar (PG-13)
- July 14, 2015: The Theory Of Everything (PG-13)
- July 21. 2015: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
- July 28, 2015: Big Hero 6 (PG)
This summer, every Tuesday in July and August you will get to see some of America’s finest blockbusters at the American Center. Variety of genres for all to enjoy, ranging from cartoons to drama. Pick your favorites or come and see them all!
July 1, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Jazz Combo of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia
An exciting first-ever U.S. Air Force band visit to Hanoi! A U.S. Pacific Air Forces combo will be making a special stop at the American Center to perform American jazz and pop music favorites. Speaking the international language of music, some of Hanoi’s best jazz musicians will join them for this event. You’ll get to hear their stories and ask questions. Do not miss this groovy afternoon in a friendly atmosphere at your favorite place.
Join Phung Van Huy, a Foreign Fulbright M.A student in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii, and Jill Kester, senior English Language Fellow at the National Foreign Language Project 2020, for a roundtable discussion of a fascinating new report from the American Psychological Association on the twenty top educational principles based on psychological research findings. These twenty principles are drawn from four main areas including cognition, motivation, social interaction, and communication. You’ll have a chance to discuss the principles in greater depth and how we can apply them to second language acquisition principles, the foreign language classroom, and grade levels beyond K-12.
Meet author David Joiner, a four-time former resident of Hanoi whose recently published novel Lotusland is one of the only works by a US writer set in contemporary Vietnam. David will read an excerpt from Lotusland and talk about his start as a writer, his 21-year relationship with Vietnam, Vietnam’s influence on his writing, and answer questions from the audience. Please join us to meet and chat with David.
Do you enjoy debating current regional or political issues in a formal debate setting? If so, we invite you to attend an informational meeting on July 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm about U.S. Embassy Hanoi’s Model East Asia Summit (Model EAS). Similar to the well-known Model United Nations (click here – PDF 588 KB) for information on Model UN in Vietnamese), Model EAS focuses on countries in the region and topics that directly affect Vietnam. Model EAS is an extracurricular activity through which students familiarize themselves with social, political, and economic issues that face government leaders on a day-to-day basis. If you want to improve you debating, presentation, and critical thinking skills and learning about current events, make sure you come to the informational meeting on July 8 at the American Center!
Register for the training session at https://goo.gl/6wH7NG by 5:00 pm, July 17, 2015.
Old Guys & Their Airplanes (“OGTA”) is a web video series, an American production that focuses on stories of growth and success. In this event you will get an opportunity to meet and hear from an aviation artist and historian, the host and creator of the “OGTA”, John Mollison, and a former Navy pilot Captain Charlie Plumb (retired), an author, speaker and consultant. Come and join them in discussion to learn not only about “OGTA” but also about leadership and overcoming challenges of everyday life.
Jay Hartwell is an award-winning journalist and educator who conducted media training workshops in Vietnam for a year as a Fulbright Scholar. He is coming back to Hanoi for the Engaging with Vietnam conference and will share “10 Life Lessons Learned through a Journalism Career”.
Public Speaking is an important skill that is used in many professional fields in addition to many academic settings. Improve your confidence and overcome any and all nervousness you may have about speaking in front of a group of people. Learn methods of presenting PowerPoint presentations or giving a public speech with US Embassy Intern Navarre Freeman.
Pronunciation is a vital aspect of mutual communication for any language, especially English. Do you struggle with difficult English pronunciations? Would you like to improve this skill with a native English speaker? If so, we invite you to attend our pronunciation workshops hosted by the American Center! This series of workshops will help improve your pronunciation of challenging words commonly used, and will teach you strategies to make deciphering specific pronunciations easier!
Please come join Chargé Rena Bitter on July 15th at the American Center to learn about the challenges and opportunities of being a female diplomat. Rena, the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, is serving as Charge during the time that Ambassador Osius is in the United States, accompanying General Secretary Trong. Why does the U.S. Government choose to move her around like that? What role does she play here that is different from that which she plays in her capacity as Consul General in HCMC? What exactly is the difference between an embassy and a consulate general? Here’s your chance to ask her. To learn more about Rena, click here.
Writing is a skill that if developed correctly, can be translated successfully over to many aspects of life. Whether it be writing a cover letter or putting the finishing touches on a report for your job, effective writing skills can help you excel in your field. This soft skills presentation will begin to develop an understanding of successful and effective writing techniques for many fields and will present many strategies to do so!
Join the discussion with your American peers. They are students at universities across the United States: Virginia Commonwealth University, Bryant College, Dickinson College, Bradley University, John Hopkins University, University of Arizona, The Catholic University of America, University of San Diego. And they are also Army Cadets. Join the event where they will share their experience and insights on life as an American university student. Bring your questions… and friends.
This discussion will introduce participants to some of the basics of successful negotiation. After a brief introduction we will divide into groups and play an interactive game that will encourage you to think creatively, and test your negotiation skills!
Interviews are often one of the more important parts of an application. Interviews allow admissions officers and hirers to put a face to a name—to supplement a block-of-text statement with an actual person. There are many ways that everyday applicants botch their interviews and lose what otherwise would be scholarship or job opportunities. This soft skills presentation will describe several interview pitfalls and teach audience members how to avoid them. This soft skills presentation will also teach audience members some interview tips and tricks.
Please come join us to congratulate the winner of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s student video contest. Fifty videos highlighting development issues in Vietnam were submitted to the contest. Come to watch the top three videos and see who wins first prize – a Macbook Air!
There will be lots of gifts, fun, and light refreshments waiting for you at the ceremony!!
Interested in free-lancing, blogging? This workshop focuses on the art of narrative journalism, including discussion of scene-by-scene construction, developing character, plot and setting, looking for “the revealing quote,” and using first-person. Participants will be provided with copies of short readings in advance, and there will be plenty of time for discussion.
This discussion we will both observe a and participate in a thoughtful, respectful debate. Students will be able to practice not only their English language skills, but also the skills they need to make them more persuasive and effective communicators.
One of the most important aspects of landing an important job is how clear and well‑written your résumé is. Would you like to improve your résumé writing skills? If so, we invite you to attend a soft skills presentation at the U.S. Embassy that will help you understand how to produce a good résumé. In this soft skills presentation, Navarre Freeman, a current U.S. college student, will teach you how to produce a résumé that stands out among its competition.
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