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Events for the Public

September 2014

Notice: The American Center will be closed whole day Friday, September 19 for an internal event.

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 irchanoi@gmail.com. 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 take your ID with you.

Sept. 3, 9:00 - 11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 8, 3:00 - 5:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 8, 3:00 - 4:00 A View from America: Supporting Vietnam’s Efforts to Create a 21st Century Workforce Eric Biel, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor
Sept. 9, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Goals Nicole Bright-Hardee
Sept. 9, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club: "Are Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Degrees Sufficient to Get a Job?" AC Interns
Sept. 10, 9:00 - 11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 10, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Sept. 10, 4:00 - 5:30 Let's Rock the American Center Georges Taino, U.S. Embassy
Sept. 11, 4:30 - 5:30 U.S. History: Battle of Baltimore Leon R. Schwartz, Guest Speaker
Sept. 12, 2:00 - 3:30 How to Master IELTS Speaking Dương Hồng Ánh, Lecturer at Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNUH
Sept. 12, 4:00 - 5:00 American Car Culture Dominic "Doc" Meyer, U.S. Embassy
Sept. 15, 3:00 - 5:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 16, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Manners Nicole Bright-Hardee
Sept. 16, 3:00 - 4:30 River Rehabilitation: The Solution is Not in the Water Eric Pallant, Allegheny College
Sept. 17, 9:00 - 11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 17, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Sept. 18, 10:00 - 11:00 Over the Fear of Speaking English Nguyen Phuong Anh, AC Intern
Sept. 18, 1:30 - 2:30 Running Like a Girl, Throwing Like a Boy: Gender and Sports in the U.S. (and Beyond) Sherry Martin Murphy, Guest Speaker
Sept. 22, 3:00 - 4:30 Sell the Product, Not Sell Yourself Thao Griffiths, Guest Speaker
Sept. 23, 2:30 - 4:30 Public Diplomacy – A Personal View Wylita Bell, East Asia Pacific/Public Diplomacy Country Director, U.S. State Department
Sept. 24, 9:00 - 11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 24, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Sept. 25, 3:00 - 4:30 Perfect Spy X6:  The Inside Story of Pham Xuan An Larry Berman, Guest Speaker
Sept. 26, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club: "Would the Economy be Better Off Without State-Owned Enterprises?" AC Interns
Sept. 26, 3:30 - 4:00 Introduction to AC's Services and Products AC Interns
Sept. 29, 3:00 - 5:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Sept. 30, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Birthdays Nicole Bright-Hardee

 

Conversation Hour

Tuesdays (except Sept. 23), 10:00 - 11:00 am
Nicole Bright-Hardee, Guest Speaker

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!

Conversation +

Mondays (except Sept. 22), 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Mike Trần, Guest Speaker

New series for intermediate level English learners!  Come to the American Center for interactive sessions with Mike to improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  You will be expected to write essays on various topics and present in front of your peers.  And you will comment on and discuss each other’s presentations.  Mike will facilitate these sessions and help you bring your English to the next level.  You’ll have fun learning and won’t even notice you worked so hard…

A View from America: Supporting Vietnam’s Efforts to Create a 21st Century Workforce

September 8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Eric Biel, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor

A visiting senior U.S. Government’s official will be making special stop at the American Center to discuss some issues of human resource development with you. In this discussion he will focus on the themes concerning  ‘creating better jobs’ and ‘supporting women and youth’.  Please join the event and, as always, bring your questions and thoughts to share.

Debate Club

September 9 & 26; 2:00 - 3:30 pm
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.

American English Club

September 10, 17, 24; 2:00 - 3:30 pm
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.

Let's Rock the American Center

September 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Georges Taino, U.S. Embassy

If you are fan of American music and dance, join this event to learn more of it and enjoy the performance of your favorite singer - Georges. Bring your favorite songs and sing together with our band or just sing along with our performers. Come with a friend and say goodbye to summer time in a wonderful, fun way.

U.S. History: Battle of Baltimore

September 11, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Leon R. Schwartz, Guest Speaker

Do you know the meaning behind the national anthem of America? Do you know America and Vietnam had similar struggles to gain their independence? Please join this event to learn more about one of Maryland’s historic battles.  The Battle of Baltimore was a significant victory for the Americans in defeating the British forces.  And it was this battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write poem Defence of Fort McHenry, which became the lyrics for the U.S. national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  Enjoy a lecture and conversation about the battle from speaker’s hometown.

How to Master IELTS Speaking

September 12, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Dương Hồng Ánh - Guest Speaker, Fulbright Scholar; Lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

The language proficiency requirement is not a barrier to overseas study.  It 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 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 opportunity to ask question and take part in situation practice.

American Car Culture

September 12​, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Dominic “Doc” Meyer, U.S. Embassy

American’s love their cars (and trucks!) and “Doc” would know, he has owned over 30 cars in his life. We’ll talk about American car culture as how it relates to generations you and old as well as how car culture is different even by region. Talk to “Doc” about your favorite cars, it’s his favorite subject.

River Rehabilitation: The Solution is Not in the Water

September 16, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Eric Pallant, Professor of Environmental Science, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Freshwater is the single most essential good for our well-being. However, rivers all around the world are facing so many threats such as climate change, agriculture, deforestation & sedimentation, sewage, industrial waste, urban runoff & impervious surfaces, and hospital waste. Please join this event to learn more about ongoing river rehabilitation projects in the U.S. and share your ideas for solutions for Vietnam’s rivers.

Over the Fear of Speaking English

September 18; 10:00 - 11:00 am
Nguyen Phuong Anh, AC Intern

As second language learners, we all have to confront the fear of speaking English. How we would be able to come over it and improve our speaking proficiency? The answer is "Practice makes perfect". Come to join this session to get some effective ways to practice speaking, practice right the way and boost your speaking!

Running Like a Girl, Throwing Like a Boy:  Gender and Sports in the U.S. (and Beyond)
Sherry Martin Murphy
This talk examines the how gender segregation in sports creates and perpetuates widely-held beliefs about physical differences between men and women, and how equal access challenges everything we thought we knew.  In the early 1970s it became illegal in the U.S. to exclude girls from high school  and collegiate sports activities at institutions that receive government funding.   In the four decades since, girls and women gained increased access to coaching and training in sports that were previously closed to them.  The playing field is more level now than ever, with more girls showing they can compete with the boys.
 

Running Like a Girl, Throwing Like a Boy:  Gender and Sports in the U.S. (and Beyond)

September 18; 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Sherry Martin Murphy, Guest Speaker

This talk examines the how gender segregation in sports creates and perpetuates widely-held beliefs about physical differences between men and women, and how equal access challenges everything we thought we knew.  In the early 1970s it became illegal in the U.S. to exclude girls from high school  and collegiate sports activities at institutions that receive government funding.  In the four decades since, girls and women gained increased access to coaching and training in sports that were previously closed to them.  The playing field is more level now than ever, with more girls showing they can compete with the boys. 

Sell the Product, Not Sell Yourself

September 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Thao Griffith, USG Program Alumna

Selling is an integral part of business process that creates the formal bond between customer/client and an organization’s products or services.  It creates the contract.  Conversely, some salespersons, often driven by their own competitiveness or the organization’s determination for winning, become too identified with the outcome and try to sell themselves.  Join this program to understand and explore the subtleties of the selling process.

Public Diplomacy – A Personal View

September 23, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Wylita Bell, East Asia Pacific/Public Diplomacy Country Director, U.S. State Department

What is public diplomacy, what are the objectives of the public diplomacy and how do we convey our message?  Join this Speaker Program to get answers from a Foreign Service Officer with a concentration in Public Diplomacy.  She will also be speaking about her public diplomacy jobs and sharing personal experiences.  Come to the AC to participate and share your thoughts…. and receive the book - Diplomacy 101, translated into Vietnamese. 

Perfect Spy X6:  The Inside Story of Pham Xuan An

September 25, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Larry Berman, Guest Speaker

Larry Berman, the author of Perfect Spy X6, will discuss the updates that appeared in the new Vietnamese translation of the book - Điệp viên hoàn hảo.  He will share stories about the legendary Pham Xuan An and also give updates on the script and production of the 32-episode dramatic television series that will air in Vietnam next year. 

Introduction to AC's Services and Products

September 26, 3:30 - 4:00 pm
AC Interns

Are you curious about the American Center and its services and products? Please come and join our orientation session and learn more about our team members, our internship, and online database and print collection. Located at 170 Ngoc Khanh, we are serving everyone from all walks of life, free of charge. Please visit our website and register to become our members. Also be ready to bring your questions and suggestions to win a small prize from us.

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