Rumors have circulated that the award winning actress and mother of many, Angelina Jolie Pitt, will be teaching this fall at Georgetown University. Us Weekly released reports claiming Jolie will be a visiting professor for one term — appealing greatly to future and current students. However, those rumors have been dispelled as of Saturday. While Mrs. Jolie Pitt will be offering her expertise to budding minds, it will not be at Georgetown.
Instead, as announced in May, Angelina will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, the Washington Post reports. There, she will provide lectures on “Women, Peace and Security” as part of the School’s one-year master’s program. The one of a kind course is the brain child of Jolie and former U.K. foreign secretary, William Hague — who will also serve as a volunteer-based visiting professor at the London School of Economics. During her announcement in May, Angelina spoke about her commitment to her new role.
“It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict. I am looking forward to teaching and learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
While the Georgetown Institute offers a “sister program,” spokeswoman for the school, Rachel Pugh, confided to People that “there are no current plans for Angelina Jolie to teach at Georgetown.”
Pugh, however, did state that both Jolie and Hague have an open invitation to teach at the Institute.
With no formal college education, many may question what makes Mrs. Jolie Pitt qualified for this venture. The actress turned humanitarian has been busy seeking rights and fair conditions for women, children, and families all over the world since going to Cambodia in 2000 to film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Describing the experience to the L.A. Times as “humbling,” she took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the country and its people.
“I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it. That trip triggered my realization of how little I knew and the beginning of my search for that knowledge.”
From that moment, her quest to help also began. When she returned to the United States, Jolie stated she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to join the organization.
Between 2001 and 2012, Angelina served as the United Nations High Command for Refugees’ Goodwill Ambassador before being appointed as Special Envoy in April 2012. Today, Jolie continues her work with the U.N. Refugee Agency to discover resources for families that are displaced. The actress has visited Thailand, Iraq, and Syria and she and hubby, Brad Pitt, have also funded schools for girls in Kenya and Afghanistan.
Jolie Claims She Never Wanted to Be A Mom
Besides inspiring the actress to be of service, Angelina’s time in the war-plagued country of Cambodia, also sparked her interest in becoming a mother. Beforehand, Jolie reported to the L.A. Times she never wanted to be a mother. The desire came as she played with kids at a local school during a later trip. A visit to a local orphanage led to the adoption of her first son, Maddox. Since, she has increased the size of her brood and gained first-hand knowledge about real world topics affecting the broader community.
The 41-year-old wife of Brad Pitt is now a mother to Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.
Comment with your thoughts; would you enroll in London’s master’s courses led by the actress, director, producer, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie?
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