Angelina Jolie Poised To Teach At London School Of Economics

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Actress Angelina Jolie is set to teach a master’s course on women, peace and security at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the fall of 2016, the school announced Monday.

The Oscar-winner and special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is one of four visiting professors to join the Centre for Women, Peace and Security for its new one-year Master’s in Communication program.

LSE said Jolie Pitt will join fellows and activists in “developing strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security.”

During the course of her stay with the institution, Jolie is expected to deliver guest lectures and partake in workshops and university events.

“I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s program. I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as 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,” she said in a statement. “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.”

Melanne Verveer, ambassador to the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, told People Magazine it’s hoping to bring the program to the United States.

“I was pleased to meet with Angelina Jolie during my recent trip to London on ways we at Georgetown University can continue the collaboration between our sister programs on both sides of the Atlantic,” she told the publication. “We look forward to welcoming Angelina and former foreign secretary Hague to Georgetown in the future.”

The Centre for Women Peace and Security was established in February, 2015, due to the collaboration of LSE, Jolie, First Secretary of State William Hague and the U.K. government.

The actress will be joined by Director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International Geneva Jane Connors, Hague and Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Madeleine Rees.

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