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Angelina Jolie News: ‘Maleficent’ Actress Now Also a Professor at London School of Economics

First Posted: Mar 18, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox's 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox's 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo : Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Angelina Jolie was recently at London School of Economics delivering her first lecture as a visiting professor. "Gia" actress admitted that she is nervous and is feeling butterflies ahead of her address.

According to US Weekly, "By The Sea" actress addressed the students as special envoy of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and discussed the use of rape and sexual violence as a way of terrorizing during wars. The 41-year-old Hollywood star shared with the students her firsthand experience from visiting these conflict areas. The students took to social media after the lecture and praised her for her impassioned speech.

Angelina Jolie and William Hague, former British foreign secretary, started a campaign back in 2012 called "Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative." They together also formed LSE's Center for Women, Peace and Security in 2015. Based on these initiatives, Jolie and Hague are dedicated to teaching at least once a year and discuss ways to advance women's rights, especially in war torn areas. This unpaid position will begin from Sep. 2017 where Jolie will offer lectures, personal research and conduct awareness workshops.

Meanwhile, Jolie defended U.N. in another powerful speech at the United Nations in Geneva. The actress addressed Sergio Vieira De Mello Foundation on Mar. 15 in Switzerland, criticizing the wave of nationalism. She also spoke against the emergence of policies that are promoting rage and hatred towards one another, USA Today reported.

In her discourse, she addressed herself as a "Proud American," condemning politicians elected based on their dismissal of international agreements and foundations. All this while, the American actress tread carefully, without mentioning President Donald Trump for the fear of cutting funding to UN.

Jolie received high accolades for her speech at Sergio Vieira de Mello Memorial Lecture by the participants. The event is held every year in the honor of Brazilian diplomat who was killed in Iraq bombing in 2003.

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