Events for the Public
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
|Dec. 1, 1:30 - 3:00||World AIDS Day Celebration
||U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Dec. 1, 3:00 - 4:30||World AIDS Day: Movie Screening||U.S. Embassy Hanoi
|Dec. 2, 2:00 - 3:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 3, 10:00 - 11:00||English for Fun||David Murray|
|Dec. 3, 2:00 - 3:00||Women Leadership||Sandy Dang, Acting Executive Director, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)|
|Dec. 3, 3:30 - 4:30||60 Minutes with the Press Officer||Lisa Wishman, Press Officer, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Dec. 5, 2:00 - 3:00||Unveiling of the 20th Anniversary Logo||U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Dec. 5, 3:00 - 4:00||Managing Your Career: Women in Diplomacy||Lisa Wishman, Press Officer and a Guest Speaker|
|Dec. 8, 3:00 - 4:00||Conversation Hour: Youth and Environmental Issues in Vietnam and the U.S.||Students from Puget Sound University, Washington, U.S.A.|
|Dec. 9, 4:00 - 5:00||Funny Things Americans Do||Jack Lambert, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|Dec. 10, 10:00 - 11:00||English for Fun||David Murray|
|Dec. 10, 2:00 - 3:00||American Working Culture||Sandy Dang, Acting Executive Director, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)|
|Dec. 11, 2:00 - 3:30||Ferguson and Los Angeles: Case Studies in Police Oversight in the United States||Brian Buchner, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
|Dec. 12, 2:00 - 3:30||Debate Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 12, 3:30 - 4:30||Expanding Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific||Robert S. Wang, U.S. Senior Official for APEC|
|Dec. 15, 3:00 - 4:30||How Music, Social Work and Educational Leadership collaborate internationally||Indiana State University|
|Dec. 16, 10:00 - 11:00||Conversation Hour: Family Structure||Nicole Bright-Hardee|
|Dec. 16, 2:00 - 3:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 16, 3:30 - 4:30||How to Read Like a Writer||Alexander Yates, Novelist|
|Dec. 17, 10:00 - 11:00||English for Fun
|Dec. 18, 3:00 - 4:00||Happiness is a Choice - How to Choose It||Nicole Bright-Hardee|
|Dec. 19, 3:00 - 4:30||Managing Your Career: What Every Would be Diplomat Needs to Know||Terry White, PAO|
|Dec. 23, 10:00 - 11:00||Conversation Hour: Christmas||Nicole Bright-Hardee|
|Dec. 23, 1:30 - 3:00||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 23, 3:00 - 4:00||Meet the Author||John Shors, American Writer|
|Dec. 24, 10:00 - 11:00||English for Fun||David Murray|
|Dec. 29, 2:00 - 3:30||Debate Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 30, 10:00 - 11:00||Conversation Hour: Celebrating the New Year||Nicole Bright-Hardee|
|Dec. 30, 2:00 - 3:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|Dec. 31, 10:00 - 11:00||English for Fun||David Murray|
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!
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?...
December 12, 29: 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.
Please join the members of the U.S. Mission to Vietnam for two events marking the 27th World AIDS Day:
- 1:30 – 3:00, join representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an interactive role-play session that explores living with HIV/AIDS. Participants will actively develop, discuss and consider strategies for reducing the stigma and discrimination often encountered as well as share their strategies with one another.
- 3:00 – 4:30, screening of the 2010 video “People Living with Stories,” about Vietnamese with HIV+ status, followed by a panel discussion with two of the videos’ participants and moderated by Dr. Thuan Nguyen, Director of Safe Living and Founder/Director of the Chamber of LGBT Inclusive.
December 3, 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.
December 8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Students from Puget Sound University, Washington, U.S.A.
Do not miss this special conversation hour to practice your English and share your passion for environment and sustainable development with American students from Puget Sound University. This group of young and dynamic students is visiting Vietnam for a three-week study tour and are eager to learn about Vietnamese culture and current social and economic development, especially environmental issues in Vietnam.
December 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Brian Buchner, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
Join the event at the American Center to meet Mr. Brian Buchner, currently a special investigator for civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department. The discussion will be about “Ferguson and Los Angeles: Case Studies in Police Oversight” and Mr. Buchner encourages discussion and questions.
The improvement of police accountability system and civilian oversight of police has been an important part of U.S. implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT). Ratification of this important human rights convention was a top recommendation to Vietnam by the U.S. government (and other UN member states) during Vietnam’s second Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this year. Vietnam and the United States are fellow members of the UN Human Rights Council. The National Assembly ratified the UNCAT on November 28.
December 12, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Robert S. Wang, U.S. Senior Official for APEC
Join the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in discussion on APEC’s initiatives to promote economic growth in the region. Bring your questions related to APEC, regional and international relations, and other topics that interest you. Use this opportunity to share your ideas with the senior USG official.
How Music, Social Work and Educational Leadership Collaborate Internationally
December 15, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Indiana State University
Join Indiana State University Professors Brian Kilp (Music), PaulDuongTran (Social Work), and Chris McGrew (Educational Leadership), as they introduce Indiana State University and ISU’s opportunities for International students, discuss their disciplines, and share their extensive international collaborative experiences. Please bring your questions and share your thoughts – we look forward to talking with you!
December 18, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
No matter what challenge you are currently facing, being happy is always an option. Even when life hands us the biggest obstacles personally or professionally, we can decide to either be happy or sad. Join Nicole to learn about how to choose happiness always for your life.
December 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
John Shors, American Writer
Internationally bestselling novelist John Shors will discuss his travels around the world, and how these experiences have shaped his career as a writer. John Shors is the author of six novels, which have been translated into 26 languages and won numerous awards. He will also answer questions about writing, editing, and publishing.
Events in 2014
Events in 2013
- Trace Effects - A collaborative English language video game experience for students ages 12-16. Learn English and explore American culture through puzzles, games, and adventures in an interactive world.