Events for the Public – March 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.

How to Master IELTS Speaking​-Part 3
March 4, 1:30-3:​00 pm
Dương Hồng Ánh – Fulbright Scholar; Lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Welcome to our third part of How to Master IELTS Speaking. English language proficiency ensures that you can study effectively in an English-speaking environment.  But before you get there… how to overcome challenges in IELTS Speaking test? How to be confident and fluent in the test? How to express yourself eloquently? How to listen to yourself? Please come to this second session to get answers to these questions and hear tips on how to master the speaking skill in IELTS.  After the presentation, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask question and take part in situation practice.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer
March 4, 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
March 5, 12, 19, 26; 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.

Women Leadership: Maximize Your Strength and Be Ready to Lead
March 5; 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Moderator: Kristine D’Alesandro, Political Analyst, U.S. Embassy

Let these outstanding women wish you happy International Women’s Day! Come to the American Center to hear how they became the leaders they are today. Share your stories, discuss women who have had an impact on your life, and celebrate women everywhere!

U.S. Navy and the Vietnamese Coast Guard Working Together
March 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Navy Special Operations

Did you know that the U.S. Navy is collaborating with the Vietnamese Coast Guard to assist in protecting Vietnam and the region.  Here’s your chance to find out.  Join three visiting members of the Navy Special Operations Team to learn more about this new cooperation.

Managing Your Career
March 6, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

  • David Duong, MPH, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, Boston, MA
  • Hà Phan Hải An, Director, International Cooperation Department, Hanoi Medical University
  • Bùi thị Thu Hiền, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Nguyễn Thị Minh Ngọc, HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment Specialist, USAID/Vietnam’s Office of Health

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.

Gender Equality and Leadership
March 10 – May 7, 2015
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker

The Gender Equality and Leadership Program is an eight week certification program for emerging leaders, that focuses on developing fundamental leadership skills and the paramount importance of gender equality. The series of seminars and discussions will be held twice per week. The program consist of three parts: open discussion sessions, closed group discussion sessions (limited to program participants – female-only sessions, male-only sessions, and combined sessions), and leadership sessions for program participants. Each participant will be able to join 16 seminars and will receive certificate at the completion of the program (participation in minimum 12 sessions is required).

Prior to moving to Hanoi, Rachelle Jacobson Le worked for a management consulting and training firm in the U.S.  In this work, she helped to design and facilitate meetings, conferences and leadership trainings and developed resources to help individuals perform better in their jobs.  Prior to this, she worked for an NGO that helped empower poor women to improve their lives through microfinance.  Rachelle has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in international studies.  She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and has a particular interest in gender equality.

Food and You: You’re More Powerful than You Think
March 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Robert Lucius, Asia Pacific Programs Humane Society International

In this presentation, our guest speaker will discuss relationships among personal food choice, national and global food trends, and their dietary implications for public health, climate change, the environment, animal welfare and global food security.  You’ll learn why the food you eat matters in more ways that you realize, and how you can change the world with your chopsticks.

Managing Your Career: Medicine
March 20, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Guest Speakers from U.S. Air Force Medical Service

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.

This session features representatives of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Love Your Language Translate-a-thon
Saturday, March 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Google Team

Have you ever looked at an English translation of Vietnamese or a Vietnamese translation of English and thought it was a little bit off?  Did you know there is something you can do about it? If you’re passionate about your language and would like to help improve translation quality online, joinGoogle’s first ‘Love Your Language’ translate-a-thon at the American Center on Saturday, March 21st, 9:30 am.

The ‘Love Your Language’ translate-a-thon is a way to use your language expertise to make the web better for millions of Vietnamese people, at home and abroad, in just a few hours.  At the translate-a-thon you will:

  • Hear how Google Translate works from visiting Google experts
  • Learn how you can join the Google Translate Community to improve the accuracy and quality of Vietnamese online
  • Get hands on with the Google Translate Community tool and improve Vietnamese translations
  • Have your contributions officially recognized by Google

Bring your passion for your language and a charged laptop (or smartphone)

Register to attend a translate-a-thon: here

Can’t join in person? No problem – you can use the Google Translate Community  tool from wherever you are. Spread the word on Facebook or let the twittersphere know what is going on using the hastags #loveyourlanguage #googletranslate 

Continuing Medical Education
March 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Murray Kopelow, President of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Doctors begin their training with medical school and residency programs. For the rest of their careers, they continue professional development by continuously learning and improving.  Through continuing medical education, or CME, they learn about new developments in healthcare, new treatments, guidelines, and research. CME helps doctors respond to public health emergencies. CME teaches doctors how to communicate with families. It helps doctors to work effectively with healthcare teams.

You don’t have to be a doctor to join this event.  Come to learn more about continuing medical education from the President of ACCME – an organization that is responsible for accrediting institutions that offer CME.

Building Hope for Global Healing and Understanding
March 31, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Jerilyn Brusseau, Co-Founder of Peace Trees Vietnam (PTVN),
Claire Yunker, Deputy Director, PTVN
Kate Ruffing, PTVN

Please join our guest speakers from Peace Trees Vietnam, a humanitarian non-governmental organization, and learn about their efforts in Central Vietnam over last 20 years of Humanitarian Demining, Reconstruction and People to People Work in Quang Tri.”