Upcoming Events for the Public at the American Center Hanoi: May 3 to May 31 in 2018

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Upcoming Events for the Public at the American Center Hanoi

All of the below events are open free of charge to 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. If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.

***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Register here. You can also check out our Facebook page to see event schedule and click “Join” to register with us.***

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. Members of the media are welcome to attend public events at the American Center. However, if you intend to being in still or video cameras‎, please contact the Media Team at least 24 hours in advance so we can determine whether the speaker is comfortable and, if so, request security access for your equipment. Please note that not all speakers will want to be filmed and interviewed. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Please Note:

As of August 1, 2017 all visitors to the American Center in Hanoi must ‎undergo additional security checks of their personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, fitness trackers, etc.). These new procedures are being implemented worldwide to enhance the security of U.S. Embassy buildings. Please note that these new security screening requirements, which includes powering on the equipment in front of the guards, will lengthen the ‎wait times for guests entering the American Center. Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time. The American Center has ordered 30 laptops for visitors’ use, which we expect to arrive in the Fall. We recommend you consider using the U.S. Embassy’s equipment and leaving your devices at home to shorten the screening time for all guests.

In the meantime, if you plan to bring this or other electronic equipment to the American Center, please allow more time for these new screening procedures. Thank you for your assistance and patience.

In the American Center (AC), we usually record, film and photograph our programs and activities to promote the AC and the work the U.S. Embassy does in Vietnam. We regularly use and post these images on our social media platforms. When participating in American Center programs, you provide your tacit consent for your image to be used in this way. If you prefer that your image not be used for non-commercial publicity reasons, please provide your request in writing to a staff member at the Help Desk. Thank you!

Time Program Speaker

May 3, 3:00 – 6:00 Film Show and Discussion: Spotlight Pope Thrower, Press Attache
May 7, 14:00 – 17:00 Mini-Ocean Conference Dr. Margaret Leinen
May 7, 17:00 – 18:30 Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Professionalism Cynthia McKinney
May 10, 3:00 – 4:30 Air Quality Expert Panel Session Dr. George Conway, Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh, Dr. Tran Tuan
May 17, 3:00 – 4:30 ‘Modern Family‘ Screening and Discussion Michelle Der Ohanesian
May 24, 3:00 – 4:30 ‘Modern Family‘ Screening and Discussion Michelle Der Ohanesian
May 31, 3:00 – 4:30 ‘Modern Family‘ Screening and Discussion Michelle Der Ohanesian
Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Volunteers
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 a variety of topics. The participants will join the host to learn how to sing one of the popular memorable songs as a warm-up activity. Then, the club will continue with its interesting activities that will give you the opportunities to improve your English speaking skills, enhance your vocabulary, and have a lot of fun discussions and presentations.

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.

AC Student News

American Center Interns
Adapted from the CNN Student News, this program encouraged participants to reflect on and discuss international issues, while using opportunity to sharpen English language skills, especially listening and speaking.

From Strangers to Familiars

American Center Interns

From Strangers to Familiar is a program that engages people in deep conversations in order to develop connections between humans. From Strangers to Familiars not only gives participants an opportunity to master their English communication skills but also helps them create ultimate long-lasting networks through the program’s chain of deep talks. Everyone has a chance to share and everyone is listened.

Pronunciation Workshop Series

Dr. Michelle McCollin

Dr. Michelle McCollin is a tenured Associate Professor in the Special Education Department at Slippery Rock University of PA. She earned a BA in African American Studies and International Relations, MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, a second MA on Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Special Education. As an educator, Dr. McCollin has affected lives of children and families through her roles as an elementary school teacher, district staff developer/literacy specialist, junior high school principal and a director of professional development.

Dr. Michelle McCollin also runs a Non-Profit Organization – “EYES4AFRICA Foundation, Inc.” and have collected over 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses people in Nigeria. Additionally she also volunteers as a Mentor to girls and advocates for individuals with disabilities.

She believes “I have to push against the boundaries of what would be, and move towards the center of what should be, in order to reach my purpose, my promise, my potential.”
especially listening and speaking.

Conversation & Pronunciation

Rebecca Garcia
Join us to discuss important American and international current events. Different topics related to politics, popular culture, and business may be featured each week. This is an opportunity for us to share our ideas and ask questions so we can all learn together. This session will also include a brief pronunciation lesson to support English learners who seek to improve their speaking.

Film show and Discussion: Spotlight

May 3, 3:00-6:00
Pope Thrower, Press Attache

To celebrate the World Press Freedom Day, the American Center will host the screening and discussion of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” Basing on a true story in Boston in 2001, “Spotlight” retells the Boston Globe journalists’ investigation into child sex abuse by priests in the Boston area, which led to the blowing of one of the worst child abuse scandals by the Catholic Church. Starting from a lawyer’s revelation that a priest had been abusing children while the Church did nothing to stop him, the newspaper’s Spotlight team plowed through numerous documents and sources to shed light into this systematic crime. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture out of its six nominations, in what the Variety hailed as “a triumph of excellence over ego.”

Air Quality Expert Panel Session

May 10, 3:00 – 4:30
Dr. George Conway, Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh, Dr. Tran Tuan

Did you know that Vietnam is ranked in the bottom ten globally for its air quality? What can we do to protect our health? What steps can we take to reduce our contribution to air pollution? Please join the U.S. Embassy for an expert panel presentation and Q&A in honor of Air Quality Awareness Week!

This session will also be livestreamed on the Embassy’s Facebook page.

Expert Panel Speakers:

Dr. George Conway, MD, MPH is a physician and epidemiologist well known for his work and expertise on environmental health. Dr. Conway has worked in numerous senior level positions with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has extensive international experience in designing, implementing and managing successful health programs to address public health threats. From 2012 through 2015, Dr. Conway served as Senior Advisor to the Chinese Centers for Disease Control as well as Public Health Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He is currently the Health Director for Deschutes County, Oregon, where he leads over 300 public health and behavioral health professionals and advises the populace and governments.

Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh is the founder and the Director of Green ID, a local NGO focusing on green and sustainable development. She has been with Green ID for more than 6 years and has more than 13 years of experience with the NGO community. Ms. Khanh and her NGO have recently advocated against GVN’s development of coal-fired power plants. Ms. Khanh is creating reports on air quality in Hanoi and HCMC as a way to make people aware of air pollution and support the development of renewable energy. So far, her organization has issued several quarterly reports on air quality since 2016. Before founding GreenID, Ms. Khanh worked as Program Manager of the Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development.

Dr. Tran Tuan is a community health researcher and health system analyst. He is the RTCCD research director, a policy advisor to the Evidence-Based Health Policy Development Network, and a chairperson of the Vietnam Alliance for Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. He is also an independent health policy analyst to the Central Communist Party Commission of Education and Popularity (since 2006), Commission of Economics (since 2013), and to the National Assembly Commission of Social Affairs (since 2010). He was trained as a physician at Hanoi Medical University, a medical epidemiologist in Umea University (Sweden) and public health researcher in international health at Harvard School of Public Health before pursuing his PhD in epidemiology and population health at Newcastle University (Australia). He has written 75 peer-reviewed international journal articles on public health.







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