By Hilary Weaver. Photos: Getty Images, Courtesy of Twitter.
Tuesday was Angelina Jolie’s first day of school. The actress, who is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics, gave her first lecture at the Center for Women, Peace, and Security, the university confirmed in an e-mailed statement to Vanity Fair.
On Tuesday, the Evening Standard reported that Jolie said she felt a bit jittery before her first lecture.
“I’m a little nervous, feeling butterflies,” she told the newspaper. “I hope I do well. This is very important to me.”
This lecture was only a preview of what will be Jolie’s continued work at L.S.E. In September, she will begin teaching a master's course at the university, where today she gave a lecture focused on women’s rights “in the context of refugee camps,” according to the school's e-mailed statement. She also spoke about how “displacement and statelessness” make female populations susceptible to sexual violence and other crimes.
In May 2016, L.S.E. announced, via its Web site, that Jolie would be one of four new “visiting professors in practice.” Jolie, who was appointed special envoy to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in 2012, has long advocated for the rights of refugees and women.
“I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s program,” Jolie said at the time. “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.”
Via the e-mail statement, Professor Christine Chinkin, director of the Center for Women, Peace and Security, said she was pleased with Jolie’s placement, following her lecture.
“I am delighted that L.S.E. postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie, U.N. special envoy and visiting professor in practice, brought to the class.”
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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