Hollywood superstar and serial do-gooder Angelina Jolie was was this summer the latest recipient of an academic vanity title – that of “visiting professor” at the London School of Economics.
Along with her friend, former Foreign Secretary William Hague, Jolie was given a role in the institution’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
As Heat Street noted at the time, despite nominally saying Jolie would teach Master’s degree students at the LSE, it seemed difficult to imagine an A-lister such as she handing out notes in a drafty lecture hall.
The job – which attracts a fancy title but no payment – does come with a hard commitment to teaching – of at least “one lecture a year”.
— LSE (@LSEnews) May 23, 2016
When the appointment was made public in May, school authorities were somewhat evasive over what exactly Jolie’s contribution to academic endeavour at the LSE might be,
But the old academic year was ending, and the new about to begin, so it seemed reasonable to allow some time for all involved to sort themselves out.
However, it is now November, and there are precious few academic days left this year and nothing has been made public.
A spokesman at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security was unable to point Heat Street towards any Jolie teaching commitments when given the chance.
There remain some months after the winter holidays for Jolie to make her presence felt, and brighten the studies of any star-struck MA students.
But Jolie’s past experience with academia does not exactly inspire confidence.
Jolie, who has no formal qualifications, once enrolled on a course to become a funeral director.
However, she dropped out before finishing the course – could history be about to repeat itself?