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Events for the Public

Late January - February 2015

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 bring  your ID with you.

Jan. 26, 2:00 - 3:00 The Elements of a Story Alexander Yates
Jan. 27, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Working and Finding a Job Nicole Bright-Hardee
Jan. 27, 3:00 - 4:00 The State of the U.S. Economy Laura Stone, Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Jan. 28, 10:00 - 11:00 English is Fun
David Murray
Jan. 28, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Jan. 29, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People-Part 3 Brad Powell
Jan. 29, 11:00 - 12:00 USAID/Vietnam Development Cup
USAID Vietnam
Jan. 29, 2:00 - 3:00 Reading Images Alexander Yates
Jan. 29, 3:00 - 4:00 Healing People and Land: 20 Years in Quang Tri Peace Trees Vietnam
Jan. 30, 2:00 - 5:00 EducationUSA Fair
Venue: Thang Long Ballroom, 7th Floor, Melia Hotel, 44B Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hanoi 
EducationUSA, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Feb. 2, 2:00 - 3:00 Legal Education in the U.S. Enver Burak Can, Director, Graduate and International Programs, Penn State Law
Feb. 3, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Black History Month Nicole Bright-Hardee
Feb. 4, 10:00 - 11:00 Pronunciation Secrets Brad Powell
Feb. 4, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Feb. 4, 3:30 - 4:30 60 minutes with the Press Officer Lisa Wishman, U.S. Embassy Press Officer
Feb. 5, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People - Part 4 Brad Powell
Feb. 6, 3:00 - 4:00 Managing Your Career: Photography/Film/Art Bui Thac Chuyen, Vice Director of Center for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD)
Feb. 6, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club: "Should All Vietnamese Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?" AC Interns
Feb. 10, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Farewell Hour / Living Lift to Its Fullest Nicole Bright-Hardee
Feb. 11, 9:00 - 10:30 American English Club AC Interns
Feb. 11, 10:30 - 11:30  Pronunciation Secrets Brad Powell
Feb. 11, 3:30 - 4:30 Drugs and Society Kevin Mulvey, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Feb. 26, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns

Conversation Hour

Tuesdays, 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! 

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.

The Elements of a Story

January 26, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Alexander Yates

Stories and tales from all around the world share many of the same basic building blocks: they have characters, conflicts, and some form of resolution. In this class participants will discuss these basic elements of creative stories by looking at a few short examples from world literature. We will then break into group and write our own creative short stories, using the same building blocks that we discussed.

The State of the U.S. Economy

January 27, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Laura Stone, Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Hanoi

Want to learn more about the state of the U.S. economic recovery and its strengths and weaknesses? Please come join Laura Stone, U.S. Embassy's Economic Counselor, for a brief discussion and bring your questions and/or concerns to share with the dynamic student group.

Reading Images

January 29, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Alexander Yates

Before humanity began to communicate with the written word, they recorded their history and experiences through images. In this class we will discuss how to "read" images, focusing on modern examples from the worlds of advertising and photography. Participants will work in groups to examine what kinds of messages the images are intended to convey, and how successful they are at it.

Healing People and Land: 20 Years in Quang Tri

January 29, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Peace Trees Vietnam

PeaceTrees Vietnam will give a presentation of its 20 years of demining and economic development work in Quang Tri Province, the most severely war damaged part of Vietnam. The presentation will review the destruction of explosive remains of war, the building of kindergartens and libraries, establishing of food and microcredit programs and our work among the ethnic minority peoples of the Province. We will discuss the importance of our partnerships with the local people and organizations such as the Women's Union. PeaceTrees is an American NGO and has been working in Vietnam longer than any other demining NGO. Its demining work is supported by The United States Department of State.

Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People

January 29, February 5; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Brad Powell

Want to learn more about effective communication and impersonal skills? Want to be successful in work and life? Chairman of the Institute for Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen R. Covey, has shown that the key factors leading to the success of everyone from businessmen to scholars to politicians simply stems from the principled habits that help them manage their life effectively and stand out from the crowd. Come and join our soft skill training series on every Thursday morning at 10:00AM with Brad Powell, a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the habits of the most successful people in society, and you might find out how to achieve a smooth transition from aspiring youngsters to effective leaders in the near future.

USAID/Vietnam Development Cup

January 29, 11:00 - 12:00 noon
USAID Vietnam

Join our program to learn about this new initiative and learn how to engage in emerging development issues.  Let’s discuss together how students can get more involved in the development of Vietnam.  Also, be one of the first ones to hear all about the Student Video Contest - the first activity under the USAID/Vietnam Development Cup.  This is also part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relationship normalization.  Help us celebrate by being part of it!

60 Minutes with the Press Officer

February 4, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Lisa B. 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.

Debate Club: "Should All Vietnamese Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

February 6, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
AC 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

February 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Photography/Film/Art -- Bui Thac Chuyen, Vice Director of Center for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD)

Are you a working person or an undergraduate student? What are you studying or doing? Do you want to plan for future jobs? Have you ever questioned if what you are studying can really help you reach your dream? What do you need to do in order to manage your career and to be successful both in work and life?

The “Managing Your Career” series organized by the American Center can help you understand more about your strengths and weaknesses, about job opportunities and trends and about 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.

Drugs and Society

February 11, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Kevin Mulvey, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Embassy Hanoi

The presentation and discussion will discuss: "Everything you wanted to know about drugs but were afraid to ask". The presentation will focus on how drugs and drug problems are defined. What are the main drugs being used globally as well as in Vietnam. In addition, what are the prevention and treatment options available and can be used to address these substances.


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