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.
|Date and Time||Program||Speaker / Host(s)|
|Oct. 1, 3:00 – 4:30||MOOC 6: Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making (PDF 507 KB) — Facilitated Discussion #4||Nikki Nguyen|
|Oct. 6, 3:00 – 4:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Oct. 7, 10:00 – 11:30||Creative Writing Club||Alexander Yates, Novelist|
|Oct. 7, 10:30 – 11:30||Conversation Hour||Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy|
|Oct. 7, 2:00 – 3:30||Debate Club||AC Interns|
|Oct. 7, 3:30 – 4:30||60 Minutes with the Press Officer||Lisa Bess Wishman, U.S. Embassy Press Officer|
|Oct. 8, 2:00 – 3:00||MOOC 7: Energy 101: The Big Picture (PDF 579 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #1||Nguyen Hoai Nam|
|Oct. 8, 3:00 – 4:00||State Level Government in the U.S.||Assemblyman Pat Hickey, Nevada|
|Oct. 8, 4:00 – 5:30||International Day of the Girl||Helaina Matza, U.S. State Department; and the Girl Scouts of America Overseas Troop in Hanoi|
|Oct. 13, 3:00 – 4:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Oct. 14, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Angela Wenninger|
|Oct. 14, 10:00 – 11:30||Creative Writing Club||Alexander Yates, Novelist|
|Oct. 15, 9:00 – 11:00||Institutions, Risk, Uncertainty and the Global Economy
|Speaker: Dr. Hilton Root, George Mason University; Moderator: Mr. Vũ Tú Thành, Country Representative of U.S.-ASEAN Business Council|
|Oct. 15, 3:00 – 4:30||MOOC 7: Energy 101: The Big Picture (PDF 579 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #2||Nguyen Hoai Nam|
|Oct. 16, 3:00 – 4:30||Women Champions in Construction Industry||USAID/Vietnam|
|Oct. 21, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Angela Wenninger|
|Oct. 21, 3:00 – 4:30||Debate Club||AC Interns|
|Oct. 22, 3:00 – 4:30||MOOC 7: Energy 101: The Big Picture (PDF 579 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #3||Nguyen Hoai Nam|
|Oct. 23, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy|
|Oct. 23, 3:00 – 4:00||Cyber Security||Dan Metzker, U.S. Embassy|
|Oct. 28, 3:00 – 4:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Oct. 29, 2:00 – 3:30||Operation Game Change – Youth for Protecting Wildlife||American Center|
|Oct. 29, 3:00 – 4:30||MOOC 7: Energy 101: The Big Picture (PDF 579 KB) – Facilitated Discussion #4||Nguyen Hoai Nam|
|Oct. 30, 2:00 – 3:00||Team Building||Karen Finkenbinder, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
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!
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.
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.
60 Minutes with the Press Officer
October 7, 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.
Creative Writing Club
October 7, 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Alexander Yates, Novelist
Registration form: https://goo.gl/duFv3K
For students interested in fiction, poetry and other forms of creative writing, the American Center is piloting a Creative Writing Club. The club will meet once a week, for five weeks, and will give all participants a chance to express themselves through their writing. With the help of your instructor, an award-winning American novelist, you will learn both how to be a more thoughtful writer and also a more critical reader. Every student will be expected to write at least one short story (or long poem) during the course of the club. In order to get the most benefit out of the club, we also ask that every participant commit to attending all 5 sessions.
State Level Government in the United States
October 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Assemblyman Pat Hickey, Nevada
Did you ever wonder about state level government in the United States? Come meet and listen to Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey (Republican) on What is the U.S. federal system all about? How does one run for and win elected office? Why does one decide to become a public servant? How do you manage failure in the event your campaign isn’t successful? What is the role of money in U.S. campaigns – local, state and federal? Have more questions? – bring them to the AC!
International Day of the Girl 2015 – The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
October 8, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Guest speaker Helaina Matza, Eco-Management Analyst, State Department; and the Girl Scouts of America Overseas Troop in Hanoi.
How can girls be an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, economic growth, and global sustainability? Join the discussion with Helaina Matza and the Girl Scouts of America Overseas Troop in Hanoi as they share their environmental vision for 2030. Helaina will draw upon on her expertise in air quality measurement as a means towards monitoring environmental concerns. Discussion will reflect on how far we have come, but how much more there is to do to reach our vision for 2030 – and that there is a place for girls to be part of that process.
Institutions, Risk, Uncertainty and the Global Economy
October 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Speaker: Dr. Hilton Root, George Mason University;
Moderator: Mr. Vũ Tú Thành, Country Representative of U.S.-ASEAN Business Council
Register at http://form.jotform.us/form/52722890691159
What are the political sources of risk and uncertainty in underdevelopment? In developed societies, a broad range of institutions reduces economic risks that may hinder growth. Institutions that facilitate risk sharing are scarce in developing societies. Compared to their counterparts in developed nations, people in emerging nations spend much more time, money and effort acquiring necessary information about potential trading partners and opportunities for investment. The risks faced by one are not connected to those faced by others, so the law of large numbers cannot be used, thus mutual gains from cooperation rarely materialize. Poverty reflects deep uncertainties in society, as people cannot frame the most basic functions of their lives or of their actions toward the future.
Women Champions in Construction Industry
October 16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
In honor of Women’s Day, come meet three women who are leaders in Vietnam’s construction industry. Hear the women’s personal experiences working in a male-dominated field. While they come from diverse backgrounds and have different interests, they are bound by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.
October 23, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Dan Metzker, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Are you being safe online? Are you keeping yourself protected? October is Cyber Security Awareness month in the United States. Come to the American Center for a brief on Cyber Security and learn some of the dangers out there and some thing you can do to keep yourself safe online and at home.
Operation Game Change – Youth for Protecting Wildlife
October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Youth have an essential in indispensable role in global and domestic efforts to combat wildlife trafficking, and nowhere is this more true than in Vietnam. In this event, join our special guests from the U.S. – wildlife champions and founders of One More Generation; and from South Africa – young Rhino Ambassadors selected for their leadership, activism against rhino poaching and participation in the 2014 and 2015 World Youth Rhino Summits. They will be speaking about their personal experiences of the rhino poaching crisis, and the World Youth Wildlife Declaration, a world-wide call to action from young people against rhino poaching and all other forms of wildlife crime.
October 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Karen Finkenbinder, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Collaboration creates high performing organizations and the best way to collaborate is through team building. Whether you want to build a team for work or a volunteer organization – building teams requires the kinds of knowledge and skills. And, building a team helps everyone balance their efforts so that no one person carries the burden alone. Team building builds trust, creates a clear vision of the way forward and encourages everyone to participate.
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