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Upcoming Events

Notice: The American Center will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day holiday. 

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 bring  your ID with you.

Jul. 1, 2:00 - 5:00 Music Jam with Pacific Jazz Combo Jazz Combo of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia
July 2, 10:00 - 11:00 An Hour with an American Friend Susan Tapia
Jul. 2, 3:00 - 4:00 MOOC 2: Introduction to Marketing - Facilitated Discussion #5 American Center
Jul. 2, 4:00 - 4:30 MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking - Information Session American Center
Jul. 6, 2:30 - 3:30 Principles for English Teaching and Learning Phung Van Huy and Jill Kester
Jul. 6, 3:00 - 4:00 Meet the Author: Lotusland, a Novel Set in Contemporary Vietnam David Joiner
July 7, 10:00 - 11:00 An Hour with an American Friend Susan Tapia
Jul. 7, 2:00 - 5:00 Movie Tuesdays @AC: Interstellar (PG-13) (2014) American Center
Jul. 8, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club: "Competition and peer pressure is beneficial in education" American Center
Jul. 8, 3:30 - 4:30 Model East Asia Summit: Information Session Navarre Freeman
Jul. 9, 10:00 - 11:00 An Hour with an American Friend Brad Powell
Jul. 9, 3:00 - 4:00 Old Guys and Their Airplanes John Mollison, Charlie Plumb, Rick Lingberg
Jul. 9, 4:00 - 5:30 MOOC 3: Introduction to Public Speaking - Facilitated Discussion #1 Nikki Nguyen
Jul. 10, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Jul. 10, 2:00 - 3:00 10 Life Lessons Learned through a Career in Journalism Jay Hartwell, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jul. 13, 3:30 - 4:30 Pronunciation Workshop Navarre Freeman
Jul. 14, 2:00 - 5:00 Movie Tuesdays @AC: The Theory of Everything (PG-13) (2014) American Center
July 14, 10:00 - 11:00 An Hour with an American Friend Susan Tapia
Jul. 14, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club American Center

Conversation Hour

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.

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.

Music Jam with Pacific Jazz Combo
July 1, 3:30 pm
 
An exciting first-ever U.S. Air Force band visit to Hanoi!  Pacific Air force quintet will be making a special stop at the American Center to perform American jazz and pop music favorites.  Speaking the international language of music, some of Hanoi’s best jazz musicians will join them for this event.  You’ll get to hear their stories and ask questions.  Do not miss this groovy afternoon in a friendly atmosphere at your favorite place.

Movie Tuesdays @ AC

​2:00 -5:00 pm​ ​

This summer, every Tuesday in July and August you will get to see some of America's finest blockbusters at the American Center. Variety of genres for all to enjoy, ranging from cartoons to drama. Pick your favorites or come and see them all! ​

Music Jam with Pacific Jazz Combo

July 1, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 
Jazz Combo of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia 

An exciting first-ever U.S. Air Force band visit to Hanoi!  A U.S. Pacific Air Forces combo will be making a special stop at the American Center to perform American jazz and pop music favorites.  Speaking the international language of music, some of Hanoi’s best jazz musicians will join them for this event.  You’ll get to hear their stories and ask questions.  Do not miss this groovy afternoon in a friendly atmosphere at your favorite place.

Principles for English Teaching and Learning

July 6, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Phung Van Huy and Jill Kester

Join Phung Van Huy, a Foreign Fulbright M.A student in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii, and Jill Kester, senior English Language Fellow at the National Foreign Language Project 2020, for a roundtable discussion of a fascinating new report from the American Psychological Association on the twenty top educational principles based on psychological research findings. These twenty principles are drawn from four main areas including cognition, motivation, social interaction, and communication. You'll have a chance to discuss the principles in greater depth and how we can apply them to second language acquisition principles, the foreign language classroom, and grade levels beyond K-12.

Meet the Author: Lotusland, a Novel Set in Contemporary Vietnam

July 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
David Joiner

Meet author David Joiner, a four-time former resident of Hanoi whose recently published novel Lotusland is one of the only works by a US writer set in contemporary Vietnam. David will read an excerpt from Lotusland and talk about his start as a writer, his 21-year relationship with Vietnam, Vietnam’s influence on his writing, and answer questions from the audience. Please join us to meet and chat with David.

Model East Asia Summit

July 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Navarre Freeman

Do you enjoy debating current regional or political issues in a formal debate setting? If so, we invite you to attend an informational meeting on July 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm about U.S. Embassy Hanoi’s Model East Asia Summit (Model EAS). Similar to the well-known Model United Nations (click here for information on Model UN in Vietnamese), Model EAS focuses on countries in the region and topics that directly affect Vietnam. Model EAS is an extracurricular activity through which students familiarize themselves with social, political, and economic issues that face government leaders on a day-to-day basis. If you want to improve you debating, presentation, and critical thinking skills and learning about current events, make sure you come to the informational meeting on July 8 at the American Center!

Old Guys and Their Airplanes

July 9, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
John Mollison, Charlie Plumb, Rick Lingberg

Old Guys & Their Airplanes (“OGTA”) is a web video series, an American production that focuses on stories of growth and success.  In this event you will get an opportunity to meet and hear from an aviation artist and historian, the host and creator of the “OGTA”, John Mollison, and a former Navy pilot Captain Charlie Plumb (retired), an author, speaker and consultant.  Come and join them in discussion to learn not only about “OGTA” but also about leadership and overcoming challenges of everyday life. 

10 Life Lessons Learned through a Career in Journalism

July 10, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Jay Hartwell, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jay Hartwell is an award-winning journalist and educator who conducted media training workshops in Vietnam for a year as a Fulbright Scholar. He is coming back to Hanoi for the Engaging with Vietnam conference and will share "10 Life Lessons Learned through a Journalism Career"​.​

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