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Events for the Public

December 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 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
David Murray
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

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

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

December 2, 16, 23, 30: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
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

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.

World AIDS Day

Deccember 1, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

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.

We encourage all attendees to the two events to wear red or don a red ribbon in memory of those who have succumbed to or are fighting the disease.

Women Leadership

December 3, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Sandy Dang, Acting Executive Director, Vietnam Education Foundation

Would you like to know what would it take for more women to take on leadership role in the work place? What are some of the challenges women face as leaders? What strategies you can develop to get you to the top? Over the last two decades, Sandy Dang has assumed multiple leadership positions including serving as the Founder and Executive Director of a successful nonprofit organization, and most recently the Acting Executive Director of Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). She has proven herself as an effective woman leader in the United States. You can benefit from her insights and experience as she shares her journey of becoming a woman leader.

60 Minutes with the Press Officer

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.

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?...  

Conversation Hour: Youth and Environmental Issues in Vietnam and the U.S.

 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.

American Working Culture

December 10, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Ms. Sandy Dang, Acting Executive Director, Vietnam Education Foundation

What are the unique characteristics of an American working culture? How do these characteristics contribute to the success of the economy? How do American enterprises and organizations address diverse cultures and backgrounds among their employees? What lessons can be applied to the working environment in Vietnam? In this workshop, you will meet a successful Vietnamese American who has led various organizations and multi-cultural initiatives in the United States.

Ferguson and Los Angeles: Case Studies in Police Oversight in the United States

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.

Expanding Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific

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!

How to Read Like a Writer

December 16, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Alexander Yates, Novelist

Novelist Alexander Yates will give a presentation on a masterpiece of American short fiction by Earnest Hemingway. As a group we will discuss how the author's simple, direct use of the English language builds character and creates a profound emotional impact on his readers. Alexander Yates will also discuss his own career as a novelist. All are welcome, especially any avid readers or aspiring writers!

Happiness is a Choice - How to Choose It

December 18, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Nicole Bright-Hardee

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.

Meet the Author

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.

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