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November 2014

Notice: The American Center will be closed on November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving 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 take your ID with you.

Nov. 4, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Holidays Nicole Bright-Hardee
Nov. 5, 10:00 - 11:00 English for Fun David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 5, 2:30 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Nov. 5, 3:30 - 4:30 60 Minutes with the Press Officer Lisa Wishman, U.S. Embassy Press Officer
Nov. 7, 2:00 - 3:00 Book Club Meeting: The Book Thief Jocelyn White, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 7, 3:00 - 4:00 Cracking the New Common Application to U.S. Colleges Julie Soper, Assistant Director, International Admissions, American University
Nov. 7, 4:00 - 5:30 Managing Your Career: Becoming the Leader in Your Field Bui Tuan Linh, U.S. Alumnus
Nov. 12, 10:00 - 11:00 English for Fun David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 12, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club AC Interns
Nov. 14, 3:30 - 5:00 Managing Your Career: How To be Successful in Work and Life Doan Thi Huu Nghi, USG Exchange Program Alumna
Nov. 17 - Nov. 21 International Education Week EducationUSA and American Center
Nov. 17, 1:00 - 3:00 Opening Ceremony & Talk Show: "International Students Life in the U.S." EducationUSA and American Center
Nov. 17, 3:30 - 4:30 Culture Shock: Living and Working in a New Environment Wendy Zaman, U.S. State Dept. Regional Information Resource Officer
Nov. 18, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Education Nicole Bright-Hardee
Nov. 18, 1:00 - 2:00 Benefits of Stronger IPR Protection for Economic Development Peter N. Fowler, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Nov. 18, 2:00 - 3:00 MOOCs - Free Education Opportunities Kim Ngoc Minh & Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, USG Exchange Program Alumni
Nov. 18, 3:00 - 4:00 Study in the U.S.: Your Right Fit Wendy Zaman, U.S. State Dept. Regional Information Resource Officer
Nov. 19, 10:00 - 11:00 English for Fun David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 19, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club: Studying Abroad AC Interns
Nov. 20, 2:00 - 3:30 Debate Club AC Interns
Nov. 20, 3:00 - 4:30 How to Stay Motivated Nicole Bright-Hardee
Nov. 21, 2:00 - 4:00 Mini Fair: U.S. - Vietnam Joint Educational Programs EducationUSA & American Center
Nov. 25, 10:00 - 11:00 Conversation Hour: Thanksgiving Nicole Bright-Hardee
Nov. 25, 3:00 - 4:00 Quiz Show about the U.S. AC Interns
Nov. 25, 4:00 - 5:00 Work and Life Balance Juan Ortiz, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 26, 10:00 - 11:00 English for Fun David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Nov. 28, 11:00 - 12:00 The Power of Technology and Entrepreneurship Tran Thi Thuy Trang, USG Exchange Program Alumna
Nov. 28, 2:00 - 3:30 American English Club AC Interns
Nov. 28, 3:30 - 4:30 Women Leadership Tiffany Murphy, U.S. Embassy Hanoi

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!

English for Fun
David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
 
Yes, new host promises to make our English conversation program more fun!  Warning: he will NOT be singing. Or, maybe a bit… but this is an hour for talking – him talking and you talking – it is an hour for practicing your English. Come to the AC, share fun with David and improve your listening, speaking, reading, and singing skills. Ah, did we say “singing” again?...  

English for Fun

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
David Murray, U.S. Embassy Hanoi 

Yes, new host promises to make our English conversation program more fun!  Warning: he will NOT be singing. Or, maybe a bit… but this is an hour for talking – him talking and you talking – it is an hour for practicing your English. Come to the AC, share fun with David and improve your listening, speaking, reading, and singing skills. Ah, did we say “singing” again?...  

American English Club

November 5, 19, 28: 2:00 - 3:30 am
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

November 12, 20: 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.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer

November 5, 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.

Cracking the new Common Application to U.S. Colleges

November 7, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Julie Soper , Assistant Director, International Admissions, American University

Are you preparing for  your application to a U.S. college this fall? Do not miss this workshop to learn about the changes with the Common Application (Common App) – an online undergraduate college application used by over 500 U.S. accredited colleges. Our speaker, a U.S. admission officer, will share with you tips and advices on how to use the new Common App effectively to craft a winning application. 

Leadership Series: Becoming the Leader in Your Field

November 7, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Bui Tuan Linh, U.S. Alumnus

The discussion will focus on a leader's organization and people skills - rather than business skills. Among the various topics are how to form an A-team, how to make good decisions, how to delegate and control, and last but not least, how to keep a happy and balanced life. The discussion might be more beneficial for those that already have some experience as a team leader and/ or management level - and to some extent - have some lessons learned about how to manage their teams. The guest speaker expects you to come with problems that need to be solved or lessons that could be shared and further elaborated.

International Education Week: 17 - 21 November, 2014

IEW 2014

Join the American Center & EducationUSA Hanoi team to celebrate the 15th International Education Week from 17 – 21 November, 2014.  Earn “travel stamps” by attending our events and receive special prizes at the end of the week.

Opportunities to study in the U.S. are open for everyone.  Learn how to use them.

IEW Opening Ceremony
Talkshow: International Student Life in the U.S.

November 17, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Start off a full week of celebration with a discussion with Fulbright and UGRAD alumni about their experiences studying in the U.S.  Their stories from applying to Fulbright program to overcoming culture shock, making new friends and thriving in U.S. classrooms will help you better prepare your plan to study abroad.

Culture Shock: Living and Working in a New Environment

November 17, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Wendy Zaman, U.S. State Dept. Regional Information Resource Officer

Being an expat means moving to new places every few years.  Every country is different and we have to learn these differences very quickly in order to do our jobs!  Some of the differences are big and some are small, but they all have the potential of creating unintentional misunderstandings.

IPR Protection for Vietnam’s Economic Development

November 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Peter N. Fowler, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Senior Counsel for Enforcement in the Office of the Administrator for Policy and External Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Peter N. Fowler will help us honor the International Entrepreneurship Week.  Mr. Fowler will discuss the benefits of stronger Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection for Vietnam’s economic development.  He will focus on a number of innovative fields within the biotech sector, in which Vietnam is poised to excel if it can improve its IPR regime.  Join the discussion and bring your questions and suggestions.

MOOCs - Free Education Opportunities

November 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Kim Ngoc Minh & Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, USG Exchange Program Alumni

What is MOOC (can you pronounce it like the sound a cow makes)? Massive Online Open Courses.

Did you know that you can take courses and earn certificates from best colleges and universities in the U.S. from home and almost for FREE? Join our event to explore the benefits of open and free quality education opportunities and how to prepare yourself for the future of education.

Speakers:
-- Ms. Nguyen Lan Huong - Senior Technology Expert and Teacher Trainer at the University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University.
-- Mr. Kim Ngoc Minh - Educational Expert, Former Director of Violet.vn – the largest online community of Vietnamese teachers.

Mini Fair: US- Vietnam Joint Educational Programs

November 21, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

When Vietnam joins the ASEAN community in 2015, regional businesses will cry for skilled workforce equipped with English language capability and experience working in multinational teams. International education can help prepare Vietnamese youth for today and future’s globalized economy, but not all students can afford or get a scholarship to study abroad for 4 years. Come to this mini fair to learn about available joint educational programs between accredited American universities/colleges and Vietnamese universities in Hanoi. You can meet with admission officers and alumni from these programs to explore another path for your dream to study in the U.S.

U.S. Embassy officers will also give presentations about U.S. Government exchange programs and answer your questions. Special gifts will be awarded to participants in celebration of the 15th International Education Week.  For more information, please see the full agenda here.

Leadership Series: How To be Successful in Work and Life

November 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Doan Thi Huu Nghi, USG Exchange Program Alumna

Are you anxious to start your career or already on your way to achieving success and happiness? Please join the discussion with Ms. Doan Thi Huu Nghi, Vice Chairwoman of Hanoi Association for Entrepreneur Women (HNEW), a successful business-woman and also an active member in community service. Ms. Nghi will share practical tips to pursue well-being while properly managing life and work. Don’t miss the chance to learn core elements to achieving the most in your life and career. The discussion will help you find your own solutions to keep your foothold to overcome difficulties in life.

How to Stay Motivated

November 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Nicole Bright-Hardee

Sustaining daily motivation can be challenging for even the toughest person. Life gets busy, school and work becomes more demanding, responsibilities increase, and constant roadblocks get in our way. How do you stay motivated through all the changes and challenges that happen in life? If you’re interested in hearing more about finding and maintaining self-motivation then join Nicole, and let’s get motivated together!

The Power of Technology and Entrepreneurship

November 28, 11:00 - 12:00 noon
Tran Thi Thuy Trang, USG Exchange Program Alumna

The 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, under the theme “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 19-21 November.  Tran Thi Thuy Trang, founder and CEO of Domino English, is selected as a Vietnamese member of the Young Southwest Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) to receive a scholarship to participate in the Summit.  In this discussion at the American Center, Trang will share interesting insights she will have gained from the summit in Morocco with all of you. If you are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation and would like to interact with like-minded people -- join us.

Work and Life Balance

November 25, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Juan Ortiz, U.S. Embassy Hanoi

Moving or relocating residences, international travel, finding a new job, learning a new language, economic changes, health protection and health services, adapting to new cultures, children’s education and care --  U.S. Foreign Service Officers deal with these stressors every couple of years.  Where do they get the support and guidance needed to enhance productivity despite constant changes?  How do they manage work life balance and comprehensive wellness, for which both the employee and employer are responsible?  Join Juan to learn about how the U.S. Department of State promotes healthy life styles to enhance mental and physical well-being.  How can you apply these principles to your work environment in Vietnam?  Come and find out.

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