Students enrolling at the LSE this year may be in for a very pleasant surprise. They just might be lucky enough to be taught by none other than Angelina Jolie.
Ms. Jolie, who is a special envoy for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, and a relentless crusader for human rights, especially in the fields of women empowerment and migrant crises, will be joining the London School of Economics as a visiting professor.
According to sources at LSE, Angelina Jolie will be giving lectures for a masters course which has just been introduced. The Centre for Women, Peace and Security, launched at the university last year, will be running the course.
In 2011, the ‘superstar with a heart of gold’ directed a film ‘In The Land of Blood and Honey’, based on the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Ms. Jolie, along with former UK foreign secretary Lord William Hague, co-founded a global initiative in 2012 to tackle sexual violence in conflict zones around the world. Incidentally, Lord Hague will also be on the faculty of LSE as a visiting professor.
The expectations about Ms. Jolie’s new profession are high on both sides. In a statement, the celebrity talked about how much she’s looking forward to her teaching stint, and using the opportunity to “learn from the students”, as well as share her own experiences of working alongside governments and the UN.