Angelina Jolie is set to become a teacher. The 40-year-old actress and women’s rights defender will serve as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics this year, according to People magazine.
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Angelina Jolie will join one of London’s most prestigious schools to give lectures for the new Master’s course on women’s rights, peace, and security. The actress-turned-director will be there for the 2016-2017 school year.
Angelina Jolie is set to deliver lectures on women’s rights and gender equality, take part in workshops and public events around London, and contribute her efforts to research on these two issues.
In her most recent statement to the London School of Economics’ students, Angelina Jolie said she was delighted the school is offering such a Master’s program this year. The actress and wife of actor Brad Pitt also said she hoped other educational institutional would follow suit and include programs like this as well.
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Angelina Jolie also argued in the statement that it’s of utmost importance in the modern world to hold the discussion on how to advance women’s rights, put an end to gender inequality, as well as end impunity for such crimes against women as sexual violence.
“I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
The Master’s course, which is the world’s first course of this kind, was launched in 2015 by Angelina Jolie and the U.K.’s former foreign secretary, William Hauge. Hauge will also give lectures as a visiting professor.
In fact, a Washington-based academic institution has already voiced its interest in setting up a similar course. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Ambassador, Melanne Verveer, said in a statement that she was pleased to meet with Angelina Jolie during one of her trips to the U.K.’s capital.
“We look forward to welcoming Angelina and former foreign secretary Hague to Georgetown in the future.”
In other news, Angelina Jolie should shut her mouth about refugees, said a contributor of Times Lives, Allison Pearson. She said it in a more gentle way, though, but still appeared to have that thought in her mind while writing an article for Times Live.
Pearson expressed her outrage over the fact that Angelina Jolie is urging the world to take in refugees, while her luxury homes around the world are empty. Pearson suggested that the Jolie-Pitts could put some refugees in their estate in Los Feliz, for which they recently completed $5-million renovations.
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If Angelina Jolie and her husband were generous enough to do that, refugees would enjoy the vineyard, as many as 20 fountains, and the lake. Even the furniture was custom designed by Pitt himself.
Pearson also suggested that Angelina Jolie and her husband could put refugees in two properties next to the Los Feliz estate, both of which were bought by the couple so that they could enjoy their privacy.
Or Angelina Jolie could give their mansion in New Orleans to a refugee family, which also features a three-storey guest house. Or if the refugees were brazen enough to demand a house near the ocean, the couple could give them their $18-million home in California.
Just last week, Angelina Jolie reiterated her criticism toward western leaders, who are not so eager to take in refugees amid the worldwide refugee crisis, which is especially felt in the European Union. Jolie said western leaders risk “promoting the politics of fear.”
But at the same time, Angelina Jolie voiced her support for Angela Merkel’s decision to take in more than a million refugees to Germany in 2015. The German Chancellor was widely criticized for that move, but nonetheless, Jolie said: “it came from a beautiful, emotional place.”
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