Angelina Jolie Pitt Named As Visiting Professor at the London School Of Economics
She is not only an Oscar-winning humanitarian, mother, and actor-director. Angelina Jolie Pitt can now add the title of “educator” to her impressive list of achievements. Jolie Pitt has just been appointed as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. It is clearly a project close to the Oscar winner’s heart as she opened the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the LSE last year alongside William Hague, Britain’s First Secretary of State. The centre is intended to broaden dialogue and help to combat war crimes which Jolie Pitt believes to affect women in particular, such as sexual violence in combat.
Jolie Pitt will be giving guest lectures and master classes at the Centre of Women, Peace and Security. The appointment is due to start in the 2016-2017 academic year. It is part of a Master of Sciences course with a special emphasis on the role of gender. Jolie Pitt commented that she is delighted by the appointment and is encouraged by the creation of the programme.
“We must broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights in conflict,” she commented, adding that she hoped other institutions would follow the example set by the course. She indicated that she is expecting to learn from the students as well as to teach them, and that she looks forward to sharing her experiences of working with the United Nations and alongside governments.
Jolie Pitt and other film industry professionals have used their voices to speak out on serious or controversial issues. Jolie Pitt herself has not shied away from discussing the refugee crisis and Europe’s approach to it. She has also spoken about the terrible treatment of women at the hands of soldiers and governments during combat.
Both she and William Hague have said that they see the creation of the centre as a positive step in the right direction. It encourages study, understanding and discussion of the pressing issues. It is hoped that the academic programme can inspire practical action and creative solutions.
The one year course at the LSE is expected to include modules on Gender and Human Rights, Gender and Militarisation, and Women, Peace and Security – as the centre name suggests.
Dream Big: Make A Difference
Jolie Pitt’s achievements and contributions to charity help to demonstrate that the film industry isn’t just for entertainment. Films can spread positive messages and generate important funds too. Jolie Pitt and many other film industry stars have used their names, wealth and influence to help good causes around the world. If you aim high and dream big, you too can make a difference.