Lucky students at the London School of Economics had their normal lecture taught by Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie- and described her as “amazing.”
Jolie became a visiting professor last year at the university’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security. As an ambassador and envoy for the United Nations Refugee agency, the actress has been vocal about the rights of refugees and preventing sexual violence in war.
Postgraduate student Tazeen Dhanani, who attended the lecture, said “She’ll make an amazing visiting professor. So honored to hear her inaugural lecture at LSE on sexual violence, rape, working with refugees.”
Prof Christine Chinkin, director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, said: “I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie, UN special envoy and visiting professor in practice, brought to the class.”
“‘Global action to enhance women’s human rights, and the economic, social and political participation of women takes place at all levels – through local activism, international institutions, and cross-border initiatives.
‘Critical and constructive engagement with this work is at the core of the education programme of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.’
Jolie told the Evening Standard before the lecture “I’m a little nervous, feeling butterflies. I hope I do well. This is very important to me.”
Having co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence initiative five years ago, the lecture was a chance for Jolie to reflect on her experiences working to prevent violence against women. The role as visiting professor is unpaid, but as part of her work, Jolie will deliver one lecture per term. In addition to her work with the United Nations, Jolie has directed a documentary set to premiere on Netflix, called ‘First They Killed my Father.’ The film is based on the autobiography of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung.
Following the talk, Jolie sat down with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss sexual violence in conflict, the refugee crisis and South Sudan. The Archbishop first met Jolie in 2015 at the opening of the LSE centre, and described Jolie’s work as “wonderful that she has committed her time, her energy, and has taken great personal risks in order to be able to speak authentically as to what she’s done.’