Events for the Public – May 2014

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 take your ID with you.

Conversation Hour

  • Tuesdays (May 6, 13, 20, 27), 10:00 – 11:00 with Nicole Bright-Hardee
  • Thursdays (May 15, 22, 29), 2:00 – 3:00 with Paul Cummings

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!

Debate Club

Fridays (May 9, 23), 10:00 – 11:30

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.

Introduction to Climate Science

May 6, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Peg Steffen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to the projected effects of climate change which will bring economic and environmental challenges as well as opportunities.  Citizens that have an understanding of climate science and who can access information will be better prepared to respond to future scenarios. This presentation is a first step towards climate literacy with a general overview of climate science including the causes of climate change, how we know what we know, and predictions for the future.

Learning English from Movies and TV Shows

May 14, 11:00 – 12:00
Tran Thi Thuy Trang, USG Exchange Program Alumna

Are you a movie lover or a TV show fanatic? Do you know that besides watching just for fun, movies and shows are also a great for learning?  They can help boost your listening and speaking skills in the way that turns you into an excellent communicator in the future.  Thuy Trang will demonstrate how this can be achieved.  Bring your English loving spirit to this session and explore how you can make the most out of the movies and shows you watch every day!

Climate Change Games

May 15, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Peg Steffen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Educational games have huge potential to assist people of all ages to acquire new knowledge and skills.  Simulations and games may also improve students’ attitudes about learning even difficult subjects like climate science. Digital games for learning are powerful tools to promote the knowledge and behaviors for future environmental stewards. Join us for climate games and simulations using tree ring data, carbon journeys, and carbon emission scenarios.  Presented with Tarlie Townsend, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategic Studies.

Organization Structures & Systems of Start-ups

May 20, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Bui Tuan Linh, Fulbright Alumnus

Too many entrepreneurs wish they could just have “just a little bit more time” to actually work on their BIG ideas instead of dealing with frustrating small organization structures, systems, processes, and people.  This workshop will be beneficial for both entrepreneurs and wish-to-be entrepreneurs.  Mr. Bui Tuan Linh, Fulbrighter ’08 and Partner of TalentPool Vietnam, will share some best practices and tips in building healthy organizational structures and systems that will help implement your BIG idea.  Linh’s friends, who either run small organizations, or fun them, will join him in the panel discussion to answer your questions.  Bring your problems, lessons learned, and your BIG ideas to share with us and discuss in a friendly atmosphere.

Information Session: Community Solutions Program

May 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Jessica Lane, IREX

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program geared towards the best and brightest global community leaders working in the areas of Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in a four-month fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency in the United States, develop leadership and organizational management skills through online courses, and design and implement a follow-on community project in his/her home country.For more information, please visit:

To attend: Please email with the subject line “Hanoi Information Session” and include your full name in the email by May 20, 2014.

Citizen Journalism and User Generated Content

May 27, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Jay Hartwell, Fulbright Scholar

If you want to learn how to use your smartphone or camera to create photos and videos for news websites, then come to this presentation by Jay Hartwell, an award-winning journalism lecturer who is a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam.

Boost Your Career with U.S. MBA Education

May 29, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Alumni of U.S. Universities

Do you want to pursue an MBA program in the U.S? Do not miss this great event to meet with four successful US alumni who studied at top management programs in the U.S. They will share with you their personal experiences during the application process to top MBA programs and Fulbright program as well as their journey as international students in the U.S.

Guest speakers:
·         Mr. Vũ Đức Cường, Fulbright 2008 & MBA Brandeis
·         Mr. Lý Lâm Duy, Fulbright 2009 & MBA Vanderbilt
·         Mr. Nguyễn Hải Vinh, Fulbright 2010 & MBA Standford

Moderator: Mr. Nguyen Quang Huy, Director of External Relations and Recruitment Vietnam Executive MBA, University of Hawaii in Hanoi.