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Events for the Public

Late July - August 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 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.

Jul. 29, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour
Nicole Bright-Hardee
Jul. 29, 3:00 - 4:30 Communication Skills Bill Nguyễn
Jul. 30, 9:00 - 11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Aug. 4, 2:00 - 3:00 The Intersection of LGBT Inclusive Diversity and Economic Prosperity Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk Foundation
Aug. 5, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour Nicole Bright-Hardee
Aug. 5, 14:00 - 15:30 American English Club AC Interns
Aug. 5, 3:30 - 5:00 Enthusiasm and Attitude Bill Nguyễn
Aug. 6, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 6, 3:00 - 4:00 Five Secrets of Harvard University Greg Wong, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 7, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club AC Interns
Aug. 7, 3:30 - 5:00 Model East Asia Summit: Informational Session AC Interns
Aug. 11, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 12, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour Nicole Bright-Hardee
Aug. 13, 9:00 -11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Aug. 13, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 13, 3:00 - 4:30 American English Club AC Interns
Aug. 14, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club AC Interns
Aug. 14, 3:30 - 4:30
An American's Dream to Achieve a More Compassionate World for Both Humans and Animals Chia L. Tan, San Diego Zoo Global
Aug. 15, 9:00 -11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Aug. 18, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 19, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour Nicole Bright-Hardee
Aug. 20, 9:00 -11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Aug. 20, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 22, 9:00 -11:00 Conversation + Mike Trần
Aug. 22, 8:00 - 13:30 Model East Asia Summit
Apply for this event by 5:00pm, Aug. 13
Navarre Freeman
Aug. 25, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman
Aug. 25, 3:00 - 4:30 Red Carpet Show: Rehearsal
Register here to take part in the show.
Navarre Freeman
Aug. 26, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour Nicole Bright-Hardee
Aug. 27, 2:00 - 4:00 Film Show: Captain Phillips AC Interns
Aug. 28, 2:00 - 3:00 Conversation Hour Nicole Schirm, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 Red Carpet Show
Navarre Freeman

 

Conversation Hour

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
    Nicole Bright-Hardee, Guest Speaker
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy Summer Hire
  • August 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    Nicole Schirm, U.S. Embassy Officer

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 +

Wednesdays and Fridays (except August 1, 6, and 8), 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…

Communication Skills

​July 29, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Bill Nguyễn, Guest Speaker

On average a person uses about 16,000 words a day. That number increases even more in an energetic and fast-paced environment, such as a college campus. So how do we know that we are speaking the right way? This discussion will provide, not only insights on how to communicate with others, but also learn how to listen through a series of practical activities.

Debate Club

August 7 & August 14; 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.

Enthusiasm and Attitude

August 5, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Bill Nguyễn, Guest Speaker

​Let’s face it, there are often times when we are asked to do something that we have no interest in nor motivation to do it. How we deal with these problems is important. This workshop will provide different perspectives on how to look at the many difficulties we face in life which can be applied to both the workplace and our personal lives.

Five Secrets from Harvard University

August 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Greg Wong, American Diplomat and Graduate of Harvard University

Do students at Harvard battle each other in competition for grades?  What is it like on the inside?  What does Harvard look for when selecting students?  Learn 5 secrets to Harvard’s unique success during this fun storytelling event about Greg’s year at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2003.

Model East Asia Summit 2014: Informational Session

Aug. 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy Summer Hire

Model East Asia Summit is an extracurricular activity that allows students to discuss relevant international issues that government leaders face on a day-to-day basis. Model East Asia Summit challenges students to come up with innovative solutions, to debate, and to compromise. Any high school or university student who is interested in debating international issues from different viewpoints and positions should consider participating in Model East Asia Summit. This program will allow you to learn about complex political issues, improve your public speaking skills, broaden your English vocabulary, and challenges participants to think critically and creatively.

  An American's Dream to Achieve a More Compassionate World for Both Humans and Animals

Aug. 14, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Chia L. Tan, San Diego Zoo Global

We all know that the American Dream is about creating a better life. But should that mean living a life of excess and luxury at the expense of nature? Wouldn't a better Dream be living well, and in harmony with a world rich with natural wonders? In this presentation, Dr. Tan will talk about her Dream of fostering compassion and respect towards animals through a conservation education school program that encourages children to care for nature and all living things. She hopes the children will grow up living a more meaningful life beyond simply being consumers of natural resources and material goods.

Red Carpet Show

Aug. 25, 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Rehearsal
Aug. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Showtime
Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy Summer Hire

Ever wonder what it would be like to receive an award at a Red Carpet Show? Now’s your chance! The American Center presents A Night at the Rose Garden, A Red Carpet Show. Dress to impress, prepare your acceptance speeches and bring your cameras, for an event to remember. Dress code is semi-formal (suits for men and dresses for women) or formal. Get an award or not, everyone will walk away a winner at our show!

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