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August 2013

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.

Aug. 1, 3:00 – 4:00 Speaker Program: International Trade Claibourne Darden, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 2, 2:00 – 4:30 Film Show: The Parent Trap (1998) The American Center
Aug. 6, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour: What Can We Learn from U.S. History  Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 7, 3:00 – 4:30 American English Club: Extracurricular Activities in the U.S. Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 8, 3:00 – 4:00 Soft Skills Training #1: How to Write a Résumé    Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 9, 2:00 – 4:30 Film Show: Secretariat (2010) The American Center
Aug. 12, 3:00 – 4:00 Speaker Program: Youth in Motion: Moving Development Forward on International Youth Day Richard Nyberg, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 13, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 14, 10:00 – 11:00 Soft Skills Training #2: Writing a Personal Statement Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 14, 3:00 – 4:30 Debate Club: “Watching TV and Playing Video Games Everyday are Detrimental to Young Children’s Development” The American Center
Aug. 19, 3:00 – 4:00 Soft Skills Training #3: Creative Thinking and Improvisation Chris Schirm, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 20, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour: Tough Decision Making: Ethics and Morals Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 20, 3:00 – 4:00 Informational Session: Model EAS 2 Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 21, 10:00 – 11:00 Soft Skills Training #4: How to Ace an Interview Katherine Ebright, Navarre Freeman
Aug. 21, 3:00 – 4:30 Workshop: Tell Your Story Madeline Felix, Guest Speaker
Aug. 22, 3:00 – 4:30 American English Club: Summer Activities in the U.S. Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 23, 2:00 – 4:30 Film Show: Cheaper by the Dozen (2005) (PG) The American Center
Aug. 27, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour: American Working Environment Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Aug. 27, 3:00 – 4:00 Speaker Program: Alternatives to the Growth Paradigm: The Portland, Oregon Story Dr. Shpresa Halimi, Portland State University
Aug. 28, 3:00 – 4:00 Speaker Program: The March in Washington and MLK’s “I have a dream” Speech Spencer Cryder, U.S. Embassy
Speaker Program: International Trade
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 3:00—4:00 PM
Claibourne Darden, U.S. Embassy
For the first Conversation Hour of the month, Claibourne Darden from the U.S. Embassy will give an overview of the history of International Trade, from the early stages of international trade to present-day trade globalization.  Mr. Darden will discuss how trade has affected the world’s growth and population. Then he will lead a discussion on more recent U.S.-Vietnam trade.
Come to learn and share your point of view!
Film Show: The Parent Trap (1998) – PG

Friday, August 2, 2013, 2:00—4:30 PM
A special movie screening in line with August’s theme “Summer Activities in the U.S.” at the American Center. Come early for the popcorn and Coke, and stay until the end for the discussion.
Plot summary: Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together. Starring Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid.

Conversation Hour: What Can We Learn from History?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:0011:00 AM
Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy

In the United States, students sit through mandatory United States history courses and learn what seems to be an endless stream of facts that some would argue have little to no bearing on modern life.  Why would someone need to learn all that? In this conversation hour, we will discuss what we think students can learn from national history courses and whether we think those lessons are important. This conversation will be focused primarily on Vietnamese history and education.
American English Club: Extracurricular Activities in the U.S.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 3:004:30 PM
Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
In the United States, many high school and college students are involved in extracurricular activities.  Students will get involved in sports leagues, service organizations, and special interest clubs outside of the classroom.  Learn about different American extracurricular activities and why they are important in this upcoming English Club!
Soft Skills Training #1: How to Write a Résumé

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 3:00—4:00 PM
Navarre Freeman

One of the most important aspects of landing an important job is how clear and well‑written your résumé is.  Would you like to improve your résumé writing skills?  If so, we invite you to attend a soft skills presentation at the U.S. Embassy that will help you understand how to produce a good résumé.  In this soft skills presentation, Navarre Freeman, a current U.S. college student, will teach you how to produce a résumé that stands out among its competition. 
If you would like to improve your résumé writing skills, please come to the presentation on August 8th.
Film Show: Secretariat (2010) – PG

Friday, August 9, 2013, 2:00—4:30 PM
A special movie screening in line with August’s theme “Summer Activities in the U.S.” at the American Center. Come early for the popcorn and Coke, and stay until the end for the discussion.
Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years. Starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich.

Speaker Program: Youth in Motion: Moving Development Forward on International Youth Day
Monday, August 12, 2013, 3:00—4:00 PM
Richard Nyberg, U.S. Embassy

Join USAID for a lively discussion and group exercise on how youth can join in to advance development for people where you live.

Soft Skills Training #2: Writing a Personal Statement
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 10:0011:00 AM
Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
For an application, you should always put your best foot forward.  But which foot is your best foot?  What does putting your best foot forward even mean?  There are many ways to write a person statement for college.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine what to write about or what style to use.  This soft skills presentation will help students navigate the personal statement writing process.  This soft skills presentation will also introduce students to the U.S. application mindset and will explain how this mindset is different from that in Vietnam.

Because U.S. college application personal statements are heavily narrative-focused, this presentation will be most useful for current high school students looking to study abroad.  While this presentation may be insightful for individuals applying for employment in the U.S., there are substantial differences between U.S. college applications and professional applications.  Bear this in mind as you consider attending this presentation. 

Debate Club: Watching TV and playing video games everyday is detrimental to young children’s development
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 3:00—4:30 PM

Many kids today spend much of their time watching TV and playing video games instead of getting involved in other physical and social activities. Do you think this trend is more beneficial or detrimental to young children’s development? The American Center’s debate club invites you to come and share your opinions on this interesting topic. This program will help sharpen your critical thinking and enhance your English speaking skills. It’s also a chance for you to make friends with and learn from the others as we debate. Come join us!
Soft Skills Training #3: Creative Thinking and Improvisation
Monday, August 19, 2013, 3:004:00 PM
Chris Schirm, U.S. Embassy
Mr. Chris Schirm from the Consular Section will teach some creative thinking and improvisational thinking skills that you can use in your daily life.  Come for fun and leave with a lesson.

Conversation Hour: Tough Decision-Making: Ethics and Morals
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 10:0011:00 AM
Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Imagine that you are the conductor of a train headed for Danang.  You are headed toward a fork in the tracks, and much to your horror, you see five people on the track to Danang and one person on the track to Hue.  You cannot stop the train, but you can control which track the train heads down.  What do you do?  Do you continue en route to Danang?  Do you switch over to the Hue track to spare the five people instead of the one person?  What if that one person were one of your friends from home?

This conversation hour will look at a series of scenarios in which difficult decisions have to be made.  This conversation hour will explore how we make difficult decisions and what a couple of famous philosophers have to say about decision-making.

Join us for this conversation and a good deal of critical thinking! 

Informational Model East Asia Summit 2: Human Trafficking

Tuesday, August 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
Model East Asia Summit is an extracurricular activity that allows students to discuss relevant international issues that government leaders face on a day-to-day basis. Model East Asia Summit challenges students to come up with innovative solutions, to debate, and to compromise. Any high school or university student who is interested in debating international issues from different viewpoints and positions should consider participating in Model East Asia Summit. This program will allow you to learn about complex political issues, improve your public speaking skills, broaden your English vocabulary, and challenges participants to think critically and creatively.
Soft Skills Training #4: How to Ace an Interview

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Navarre Freeman, Katherine Ebright, U.S. Embassy
Interviews are often one of the more important parts of an application.  Interviews allow admissions officers and hirers to put a face to a name—to supplement a block-of-text statement with an actual person.  There are many ways that everyday applicants botch their interviews and lose what otherwise would be scholarship or job opportunities.  This soft skills presentation will describe several interview pitfalls and teach audience members how to avoid them.  This soft skills presentation will also teach audience members some interview tips and tricks.
Telling Your Story

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 3:00-4:30 PM
Madeline Felix, former U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
American writer Joan Didion said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” What did she mean by this? How do the stories we tell change the way we view the world and the way the world views us? And how do we choose which stories we want to share? Together, we will look at examples of poetry and short prose in which the writer has told a personal story. Then, using writing prompts, we will begin to explore some of our own stories before sharing our work with the group. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil, and come prepared to discuss, read, and write!

American English Club: Summer Activities in USA
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:00—11:00 AM
Activities in the summer season differ from various cultures and locations. On August 22nd, U.S Embassy Summer Hire Navarre Freeman will host a conversation hour to discuss about the various popular summer activities that Americans often do to relax and enjoy pleasant summer weather. Come join us and share your summer activities in Vietnam!
Film Show: Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) – PG
Friday, August 23, 2013, 2:00—4:30 PM
A special movie screening in line with August’s theme “Summer Activities in the U.S.” at the American Center. Come early for the popcorn and Coke, and stay till the end for the discussion.Tom and Kate (Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt) decide to take the whole family on a summer vacation to Lake Winnetka, but it soon turns into a competition between their family and that of Tom’s arch-rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). Starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.
Conversation Hour: American Work Environment
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 10:00—11:00 AM
Navarre Freeman, U.S. Embassy
The American work environment and attitude is unlike any other. Many forms of media throughout the world have tried to give an accurate or satirical portrayal of the defining characteristics that help distinguish the environment and attitude in the office. Navarre Freeman will host a conversation hour to discuss what characteristics differentiate the American work environment from others around the world. Come for a discussion and have fun!
Speaker Program: Alternatives to the Growth Paradigm: The Portland, Oregon Story
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Dr. Shpresa Halimi, Portland State University

Do you want to know why Portland, Oregon is one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the United States and the world? Come and listen to Portland’s story told by a group of 8 American professionals who are visiting Vietnam under Professional Fellows Program funded by the USA Department of State. Portland, Oregon has gained an international reputation for embracing the concept of smart growth and turning it into a reality which include mixed land uses, creating a range of housing opportunities; fostering attractive communities, preserving open space, providing a variety of transportation choices and encouraging community and stakeholder participation in the decision-making process.

Speaker Program: The March in Washington and MLK’s “I have a dream” Speech

Wednesday, August 28, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Spencer Cryder, U.S. Embassy
August 28th, 2013, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.  Delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, his speech about equality and justice for all citizens was a defining moment in the American Civil Rights Movement.  In celebration of this historic event, the American Center will show “The March,” a short documentary film on the 1963 event, and Spencer will lead a discussion on Martin Luther King, Jr., the American Civil Rights Movement, and civil rights in 2013. 

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