Events for the Public – June 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.

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.

The Keys to Entrepreneurial Success
June 2, 3:00- 4:30 pm
Undergraduate Business Students, Utah State University

In this workshop our guest speakers will discuss several key points for starting and growing a business, such as value creation (differentiation), teamwork, networking, passion and persistence, etc.  Then the students in different groups will briefly discuss one key point, followed by even smaller groups exploring topic of your choosing.  Great opportunity to pick the brains of these bright students from an American university.  Join us and don’t forget to bring your entrepreneurial ideas.

Introduction to eLibraryUSA
June 2, 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.

June 3, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Anhlan Nguyen, Board Chair, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) 

In this workshop, Ms. Nguyen will share some important concepts of how to develop your inner strength.  Join the vent to learn how to unlock the power within yourself and to cope with the daily challenges of workload stress, uncertainty in the current environment and any obstacles in life. This inner strength will help you maintain a balanced life with personal and professional goals accomplished.

Internet Tools for Improving English
June 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
John Hickok, University of California

This workshop will highlight free sources on the Internet that can help learners of English–including tutorials, online quizzes, multimedia (audio/video), grammar tips, and more.  Additionally, free online libraries of English dictionaries, thesauri, reading material (all levels), etc. will be shown.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer
June 3, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Lisa Bess 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.

Having just returned from South Africa where she met with Operation Game Change (OGC) rhino partners, Lisa looks forward to sharing some stories and showing cool photos. Join her in this interactive discussion and get involved in saving rhinos and combatting wildlife trafficking.

Graduation Ceremony for the MOOC@AC “Project Management”
June 3, 4:30 – 5:00 pm
American Center

Join us in congratulating the first cohort of graduates of MOOC@AC.  We will present the certificates and celebrate the graduation with 50 students who completed the “Project Management” MOOC course.

Role of IPR in TPP and Its Importance for Vietnam
June 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Peter Fowler, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Attaché

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is not just about pirated movies and music downloads… IPR has an important role in promoting innovation, scientific advances and economic development.  IPR is important to each and every one of us and will be even more important once the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is concluded.  Join the discussion with Peter Fowler of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and learn more about IPR’s role in Trans Pacific Partnership and its importance for Vietnam.

“Every Cut Is A Lie”
June 4, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Lawrence Hott, Florentine Films/Hott Productions, a Fulbright Specialist

Jean-Luc Goddard famously said, “Cinema is truth 24 times a second.”  Wolf Koenig, a Canadian filmmaker, famously didn’t agree. “Every cut is a lie,” he wrote.  Larry Hott, an award-winning filmmaker, has been creating truthful lies in the form of history documentaries for over thirty-five years.  He is currently a Fulbright specialist in Vietnam, and happy to share his passion and experience with you.  In this workshop he will talk about the challenge of presenting historical images, from ancient maps to hoary old photographs to Hollywood-style reenactments, in his documentaries.  You may never trust what you see in a history film again…

American Game Shows!  A Fun Way to Practice Your English
June 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
John Hickok, University of California

This lively presentation will introduce popular American Game Shows (like “Pyramid,” ”Pictionary,” & “Match Game”).  These are fun, interactive shows, where participants must use English words to guess answers and win prizes.  Participants will be given models of these games, which they can also use later, to practice their English.

Film Show “David and Luisa”
June 11, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Bui Trung Hai, Fulbright Alumnus

David and Luisa” – an award-winning movie at the 48th Houston International Film Festival (USA- 2015), is about the conflict between emotional acting and imagination vs physical and hard reality. The movie is about a passionate novice acting student who falls hard for a classmate. His excessive feelings, exercises with her in their acting class and his imbalanced nature involve him in an illusory event that brings them together. Join the film Director Bui Trung Hai, who studied in the U.S. through Fulbright Program, for a discussion after the screening.

Student Life in the U.S. – Perspective from Army Cadets
June 12, 26, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Students from American Universities

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.

Celebrating Partnerships for Development
June 16, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Joakim Parker, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director

Join the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Vietnam Mission Director, Joakim Parker, for a presentation on the role of partnerships in development. He will speak about how the USAID has used partnerships across the globe to help countries advance economically and make improvements in health, education and environment. Learn about some of the partnerships that are helping Vietnam’s rapid progress as well.

If not being able to join in the program at the American Center, you can watch it live or archived on the Embassy’s YouTube Channel.

Roundtable Discussion: “Adapting Activities for Multi-Level Classrooms”
June 18, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Stephanie Gurung, English Language Fellow

Do you teach a large class with multi-level students? It can be challenging for teachers to adapt materials and lesson plans to serve all students in a class. Let’s discuss how to use differentiation to create a great learning experience for your students, keeping in mind their different learning styles, interests, and needs. Join Stephanie Gurung, U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow, for a professional roundtable discussion for educators. All levels of English teachers are welcome.

Buy No Rhino: 2 sisters – 6000km – 7 months – 7 countries
June 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Victoria and Vanessa Wiesenmaier

Sisters Ness and Vicky are cycling from Hong Kong to Singapore in aid of rhinos.  Find out more about their adventures and their rhino project. Let’s discuss and create awareness about the poaching crisis.

Drawing Contest – Traffic Safety
June 29, 7:30 – 9:30 am
American Center

Calling children ages 7 through 14!  Come to the American Center’s Children Drawing Contest to demonstrate your artistic talent and express your thoughts on traffic safety.

Your drawing will help raise the awareness of traffic safety for your parents, local authorities and community. Winning drawings/paintings will be posted on the U.S. Embassy Facebook page.  We will provide drawing paper, crayons, erasers, etc.  All participants will receive a certificate from the U.S. Embassy and a special gift.

Children born between 2001 and 2008 are eligible to participate. There are two different contests for aged 7-10 and aged 10-14.
Please register here (ZOHO link), individually or in group.  Registration deadline is June 18, 2015.  Note: only the first 100 registrants will be accepted to the event – first come, first served!