Proving that there’s no ceiling when it comes to how much she plans on evolving as a person, Angelina Jolie will be teaching at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., this fall. The actress and U.N. Special Envoy will split her time between D.C. and London, where she has also agreed to be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. Basically, the world has caught on to the fact that the mom and advocate for women’s rights may not have attended college herself, but her dedication to volunteer work, her humility and openness to learning from others and her life experiences will make her one hell of a teacher.
Jolie will give lectures and head up workshops and research that concentrate on women’s issues. For several years, Jolie has advocated on behalf of refugees, and she served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency from 2001 until 2012. She and former U.K. foreign secretary William Hague actually worked together last year to launch this course. And, in case you’re wondering, Jolie will not be accepting a paycheck for her new teaching gig.
Back in May, Jolie explained her decision to teach the course in London: “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. I am looking forward to teaching and learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
Jolie is a prime example of a woman and celebrity who, through her actions, words and the projects she is choosing to both direct and act in, refuses to accept society’s vision of how an actress in her 40s should be regarded. She isn’t a timeless but aging beauty, and she isn’t obsessed with freezing time so she can remain at a standstill. Jolie is a woman who speaks positively about menopause, who embraces new and frightening challenges and who has defied everyone’s expectations of her.
In a way, she has been teaching us for several years now. The students in her classes both abroad and at Georgetown have a lot to learn from this intelligent and compassionate soul.