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Angelina Jolie Has a New Job Title: Professor

Angelina Jolie Brad PittAngelina Jolie -Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian activist- …and now a visiting professor at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities.

The London School of Economics has named Jolie one of four new professors in its novel master’s-degree program focusing on women in conflict zones and on issues of sexual violence. The program, slated to begin accepting applications in the fall, is administered by the university’s Center for Women, Peace and Security, which Jolie helped launch last year together with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

In her new role, the actress is expected to deliver lectures, participate in workshops and appear at public events.

Kering partnered with Variety and WWD for its acclaimed 'Women in Motion' program at the 69th International Cannes Film Festival to celebrate women's talent in cinema.

Already a United Nations goodwill ambassador and a special envoy for the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees, the actress said in a statement released Monday that she was “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.”

Besides Jolie and Hague, the other visiting professors are Jane Connors, a senior figure with Amnesty International, and Madeleine Rees, the secretary-general of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. The four new LSE faculty members are “professors in practice,” selected for their experience in the field rather than strictly on the basis of academic credentials.

“Bringing practitioners, policy-makers and activists together with scholars is essential in advancing knowledge and influencing global and local policy-making,” Christine Chinkin, the director of the new women’s center, said in a statement.

Jolie said she was “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.”

Jolie and her husband, actor Brad Pitt, have been living in London since earlier this year while Pitt works on a film set during World War II.


Prince Dead at 57: Iconic Singer Dies at Paisley Park Home

Prince DeadPrince, iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died, his publicist confirms to the Associated Press. He was 57. 

The "Purple Rain" singer's body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday, reported TMZ. 

Prince had been battling the flu for several weeks, and his private plane made an emergency landing early Friday morning to rush the singer to the hospital, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE at the time. The singer had performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta the night before. 

"MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time," the network – on which Prince dominated the late '80s video lineup – said in a statement to PEOPLE. "Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans." 

Bursting onto the scene in the late 1970s, Prince released his first album, For You, in 1978, before moving up the charts with his 1979 self-titled album which featured hit single "I Wanna Be Your Lover." 

His sixth studio album, Purple Rain introduced The Revolution band, and spawned singles "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy," as well as the similarly-named 1984 art film, which nabbed an Academy Award for Best Original Score. 

Purple Rain has long maintained its status as one of the best albums of all time, and landed at number 2 on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of the Eighties. 

Famously changing his stage name in 1993 to the "love symbol" after a copyright battle – a professional moniker he kept until 2000 – Prince was known for his over-the-top style and lavish showmanship. The star was a master of many musical instruments, often performing live on the guitar, piano, drums and various percussion instruments. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Releasing a total of 39 studio albums before his death, Prince's final two albums – HITnRUN Phase One and Two – were released in fall 2015.

Source: PM


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