Angelina Jolie Gets Surprising New Job In London

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In a somewhat left field move, Angelina Jolie has been appointed as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

Hollywood actress actress and activist, Jolie is set to teach for the LSE’s masters program in Women, Peace and Security.

In a statement, the school said Jolie will ‘play an active part in the Centre, delivering guest lectures to students, participating in expert workshops and public events, and undertaking their own work.’

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It comes as a surprise to many, with most people recognising Jolie plainly as a Hollywood mega star or Brad Pitt’s wife. But the Jill of all trades has done far more than that – she’s Special Envoy to the United Nations, a writer, director, and all-around humanitarian do-gooder.

Is that enough to appoint her as a professor at an elite establishment though? Some think not.

But while the critics may equal many, most people have misunderstood her actual role at the university.

Jolie – together with her the former British foreign secretary William Hague – will deliver lectures at least one a year to students working towards a new LSE qualification: a Masters degree in women, peace and security, the Independent reports.

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She will not teach everyday, but will be a ‘professor in practice’ – drawing on her own work and experience with the UN as a global negotiator to help students better understand women’s rights.

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In fact, having a celebrity as a visiting professor is not new.

Film maker Spike Lee had a similar arrangement at Harvard in the 1990s where he taught film theory, drawing from the experience of his own work. And crime novelist Ian Rankin is a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia, giving practical writing advice.

So while many may think others (specifically those with a PhD) are more suitable for the position, Jolie may just prove everyone wrong.


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