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Events for the Public

March 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 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.

Mar. 10 – May 7, Tues & Thurs, 1:30 – 3:00 NEW: Gender Equality and Leadership Program Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Jan. 29 - Apr. 28, 2015
Development Cup: Student Video Contest
Submission Deadline: April 28, 2015
USAID/Vietnam
Mar. 3, 3:00 - 4:30 American English Club AC Interns
Mar. 4, 10:00 - 11:30 How to Master IELTS Speaking - Part 3 Dương Hồng Ánh, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU Hanoi
Mar. 4, 3:30 - 4:30 60 minutes with the Press Officer Lisa Bess Wishman, Press Officer, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 5, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People - Part 5
Brad Powell
Mar. 5, 3:00 - 4:30 Women Leadership: Maximize Your Strength and Be Ready to Lead Kristine D'Alesandro, U.S. Embassy; Nguyễn Vân Anh, Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents; Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Yến, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences; Tiffany Murphy, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 6, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Women's Day/Women in Vietnam Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 6, 2:00 - 3:00 U.S. Navy and the Vietnamese Coast Guard Working Together Navy Special Operations
Mar. 6, 3:00 - 4:00 Managing Your Career: Careers in Medicine David Duong, MPH, Harvard Medical School; Hà Phan Hải An, Hanoi Medical University; Nguyễn Thị Minh Ngọc, USAID/Vietnam’s Office of Health; Bùi Thị Thu Hiền, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mar. 10, 1:30 – 3:00 Gender Equality and Leadership Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Mar. 10, 3:00 - 4:30 American English Club AC Interns
Mar. 11, 10:00 - 11:00 English Pronunciation Secrets Brad Powell
Mar. 11, 4:00 - 5:00 Approaching Opportunities for Higher Education in the U.S. David Duong, Harvard Medical School
Mar. 12, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People -- part 6
Brad Powell
Mar. 12, 1:30 – 3:00 Gender Equality and Leadership Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Mar. 13, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Gender Roles Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 13, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club: "​​Should sports competitions offer equal prize value for men and women?" AC Interns
Mar. 17, 1:30 – 3:00 Gender Equality and Leadership Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Mar. 17, 3:00 - 4:30 American English Club AC Interns
Mar. 18, 10:00 - 11:00 English Pronunciation Secrets Brad Powell
Mar. 19, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People -- part 7
Brad Powell
Mar. 19, 1:30 – 3:00 Gender Equality and Leadership Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Mar. 19, 3:00 - 4:00 Food and You: You're More Powerful than You Think Robert Lucius, Asia Pacific Programs, Humane Society International
Mar. 20, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Marriage Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 20, 3:00 - 4:00 Managing Your Career: Medicine Guess Speakers
Mar. 24, 1:30 – 3:00 Gender Equality and Leadership Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker
Mar. 24, 3:00 - 4:30 American English Club AC Interns
Mar. 25, 10:00 - 11:00 Intonation Secrets Brad Powell
Mar. 26, 10:00 - 11:00 Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People
Brad Powell
Mar. 27, 10:00 - 11:00  Conversation Hour: April Fool's Day/Jokes Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy
Mar. 27, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club AC Interns
Mar. 31, 10:00 - 11:00 Intonation Secrets Brad Powell

Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Carrie O’Neill, U.S. Embassy

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.

How to Master IELTS Speaking​-Part 3

March 4, 1:30-3:​00 pm
Dương Hồng Ánh - Fulbright Scholar; Lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Welcome to our third part of How to Master IELTS Speaking. English language proficiency 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 second 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 opportunities to ask question and take part in situation practice.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer

March 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.

Soft Skills Training: Habits of Highly Effective People

March 5, 12, 19, 26; 10:00 - 11:00 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.

Women Leadership: Maximize Your Strength and Be Ready to Lead 

March 5; 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Kristine D'Alesandro, Political Analyst, U.S. Embassy
Panelists:

Nguyễn Vân Anh, Director, the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents
Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Yến, Vice-Director General, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences
Tiffany Murphy, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Let these outstanding women wish you happy International Women’s Day! Come to the American Center to hear how they became the leaders they are today. Share your stories, discuss women who have had an impact on your life, and celebrate women everywhere!
  • Nguyễn Vân Anh, Director, the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents
  • Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Yến, Vice-Director General, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences
  • Tiffany Murphy, U.S. Embassy

Let these outstanding women wish you happy International Women’s Day! Come to the American Center to hear how they became the leaders they are today. Share your stories, discuss women who have had an impact on your life, and celebrate women everywhere!

U.S. Navy and the Vietnamese Coast Guard Working Together  

March 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Navy Special Operations

Did you know that the U.S. Navy is collaborating with the Vietnamese Coast Guard to assist in protecting Vietnam and the region.  Here’s your chance to find out.  Join three visiting members of the Navy Special Operations Team to learn more about this new cooperation.

Managing Your Career

March 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

  • David Duong, MPH, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, Boston, MA
  • Hà Phan Hải An, Director, International Cooperation Department, Hanoi Medical University
  • Bùi thị Thu Hiền, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Nguyễn Thị Minh Ngọc, HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment Specialist, USAID/Vietnam’s Office of Health

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.

Gender Equality and Leadership

March 10 – May 7, 2015
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Rachelle Jacobson Le, Guest Speaker

The Gender Equality and Leadership Program is an eight week certification program for emerging leaders, that focuses on developing fundamental leadership skills and the paramount importance of gender equality. The series of seminars and discussions will be held twice per week. The program consist of three parts: open discussion sessions, closed group discussion sessions (limited to program participants - female-only sessions, male-only sessions, and combined sessions), and leadership sessions for program participants. Each participant will be able to join 16 seminars and will receive certificate at the completion of the program (participation in minimum 12 sessions is required). 

Please regiter to participate in this program at https://creator.zoho.com/pashanoi/gender-equality-and-leadership#Form:Gender_Equality_and_Leadership. First five sessions are open to everyone, but if you would like to participate in an entire program and receive a certificate, please see more program info and registration details here (PDF-314KB). 

Prior to moving to Hanoi, Rachelle Jacobson Le worked for a management consulting and training firm in the U.S.  In this work, she helped to design and facilitate meetings, conferences and leadership trainings and developed resources to help individuals perform better in their jobs.  Prior to this, she worked for an NGO that helped empower poor women to improve their lives through microfinance.  Rachelle has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in international studies.  She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and has a particular interest in gender equality.

Food and You: You're More Powerful than You Think

March 19, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Robert Lucius, Asia Pacific Programs Humane Society International

In this presentation, our guest speaker will discuss relationships among personal food choice, national and global food trends, and their dietary implications for public health, climate change, the environment, animal welfare and global food security.  You’ll learn why the food you eat matters in more ways that you realize, and how you can change the world with your chopsticks.

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