Will Angelina Jolie teach at Georgetown?

Angelina Jolie Teaching at Gtown

Last week, the London School of Economics appointed four new visiting professors for their Centre for Women, Peace and Security program. One of those appointed was none other than screen legend/humanitarian Angelina Jolie! While this is a wonderful addition to LSE’s program and just one more thing Jolie can check off her already overflowing resume, we want to know when she will make it across the pond to Georgetown.

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So 4E is here to give you the scoop! Could Jolie’s next teaching gig be on the Hilltop? In a statement to The Hoya, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security emphasized their goal to collaborate with their sister program at LSE, which includes possibly bringing Jolie and Former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague – another of the center’s new professors – to Georgetown. In fact, GIWPS Executive Director Melanie Verveer reportedly met with Jolie during a recent trip to London.

Here is the institute’s full statement below:

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security has enthusiastically supported the creation of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. We are ‘ sister’ programs on either side of the Atlantic with complementary missions – to study and highlight the roles of women in peace and security worldwide. We have been collaborating and are in discussions about how to forge a deeper partnership, given our unique strengths and shared goals. We look forward to, at some point, welcoming Angelina Jolie to Georgetown, and to welcoming former UK Foreign Secretary Hague back to The hilltop. In 2014, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security awarded Foreign Secretary Hague with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security for his dedicated leadership to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.”

While LSE may have Angelina Jolie for now, 4E thought it would be fun to see who else would make an awesome visiting professor at Georgetown.

Michael Scott: MGMT-200 Managerial Communication

 

Kanye West:  ECON-002 Econ Principles Macro

Project 1: How to get out of $53 million in personal debt?

Beyonce: WRIT-015 Writing and Culture 

Because when life gives you lemons…

 

Leslie Knope: GOVT-237 Education/Politics/Policymaking

You will only get this if you watch Parks and Rec, but we are ready, Leslie Knope!

 

In all seriousness, we hope Georgetown keeps collaborating to bring the best and brightest minds to campus.  4E is here to keep you up to speed!

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Meet the Professors: Marden Nichols

Meet the Profs

Classics Professor Marden Nichols currently teaches Roman Architecture and Introductory Latin. In past semesters she has taught Intro to Roman Archaeology, a study of Pompeii and an Advanced Latin course focusing on the works of Cicero.

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What is your focus within the field of Classics?

Latin literature and Roman art and archaeology.

Where does your interest in Classics come from?

When I was twelve, my mother gave me a book of poems by classically educated American poets. Their works drew on ancient models and even included verses in ancient Greek and Latin. Their conviction that ancient literature was unique ignited my interest in the classical world. Once I started learning the languages I found that the more I read, the more enjoyable the experience became. My reason for pursuing Classics then was largely aesthetic – but when you have the chance to engage with something that is astoundingly beautiful, it can transform you. Being in contact with beautiful things can enrich your life in ways you don’t even recognize.

Favorite classical author?

Some of my favorites would have to be the Roman satirists, particularly Horace and Persius, who created a new genre of literature that was quintessentially Roman. Their works contain all this biting criticism and angst about their environments. Reading these satirists – these authors confronting issues in their literary environment and wider culture – provides another frame of reference as we think through the problems in our own time and how they are reflected in art.

Favorite thing about Georgetown?

The insightfulness, energy and earnestness of the students. Teaching requires a lot of energy, but students give the same energy back, so I always leave class feeling motivated, feeling really inspired by the students. Often, students’ questions make me look at things I’ve studied for years in a new way.

When you describe your job to your friends and family, what do you say?

I usually begin with how respectful students are of themselves, of others in the classroom, and of their professors. This is most apparent when one student is struggling in some way— it is encouraging to see how everyone rallies around that student to make him or her more comfortable. Georgetown is a very special community of people who have a shared goal of pursuing knowledge, but who also value kindness and community in a way that is rare.

What do you do outside of Georgetown?

I enjoy theater, and I am a big fan of the theaters on 14th St. – Studio TheaterConstellation Theater. I also visit the museums on the National Mall, particularly the National Gallery of Art. There are so many new great restaurants that have opened up in DC. I live near the U St. corridor, and I really love that area.

What is your favorite memory from college?

I have vivid memories of the cafeteria on Saturday and Sunday mornings… A couple of people would start eating breakfast, then a few more would join, and we would start talking about the night before. That type of storytelling and observational comedy – people trying to make each other laugh by retelling the hijinx of the night before – is a distinctive part of campus life that comes from having so many shared experiences.

Any advice to students on how to make the most out of their times in college?
There’s a lot of criticism of the “bubble” of college. People are always talking about getting out of the bubble, and that’s often for really sound reasons, but I think that students should also appreciate how unique this time can be— you’re in a kind of incubator of strangers, some of whom may become your best friends in life… Also, it’s okay to slow down and give yourself time to grow. Georgetown students are extraordinarily talented, and there are so many choices and opportunities. Learning new things is the work of a lifetime… You don’t have to pursue everything at once.

If you have already fulfilled the language requirement or are a little intimidated by the study of Latin, Professor Nichols’ other courses are “studies” courses, some of which fill the College writing requirement and the MSB history requirement. She is an incredible professor and a really cool person, so look out for her as you pick your courses for the fall!

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Relating To Your Professors

After seeing your professors at DayGlow or seeing them browsing the romantic novel section in CVS (awk), wouldn’t you be at a loss for how to handle seeing them in your next lecture or discussion?

Possibly, but because that rarely happens there is still the everyday question of how we relate to them.

Fear not, Hoyas!

As a connoisseur of all things awkward, I have come up with a system to help you navigate the waters of professordom.

Relating to your professor or TA is easier than you think!

Important things to remember:

1. They are humans too (even if you’re sure you saw them twitch when they spilled coffee on themselves that one time).  Nobody’s perfect (cue Hannah Montana), and if you’ll remember that when you’re dealing with a tough situation, you will always have a better perspective.

2. Communication is key. We all have times when we would rather not talk to our professor or TA about an issue. The type of issue does not matter, but rather the openness of conversation. It is always better to be transparent with your professors, and they will appreciate your maturity for communicating openly.

3. Staying on top of your game is a great way to strengthen your relationship with a professor. Often, it’s not the most desirable way to relate to your professors, but you will get major brownie points if you show up for class prepared, on time, and with a good attitude. If you don’t like the subject, try to keep an open mind! Your professor will see your willingness to learn and be impressed.

4. Go. To. Office. Hours.

This point cannot be stressed enough. Even if all you do is ask your professor about their research or education, you will immediately gain their respect. As I am sure you have noticed, professors love to talk about themselves. So why not use that to your advantage? Just schedule an appointment or drop in for office hours. You will be glad you did—and hey! They may even start to recognize you in class.

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