Monday, September 26, 2016





Angelina Jolie remains on track to join the faculty of the London School of Economics.

Jolie, who filed for divorce last week from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and 12 years together, is still set to come aboard as a visiting professor for a new masters' program focused on women, peace and security, PEOPLE has confirmed, and she'll begin teaching there in 2017.

"She is going to be a visiting professor next year, 2017," a spokesperson for LSE tells PEOPLE. "The post starts in September 2017."

 The program begins accepting applications this fall.

In May, the esteemed academic institution announced that Jolie was one of four visiting professors appointed to the program, which is housed at the school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security and is "dedicated to developing strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women's economic, social and political participation and security," the school said in a statement.

As a visiting professor, Jolie is expected to give guest lectures, participate in workshop and public events, and continue research on projects.

The school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security was launched in February 2015 by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary William Hague, who had both co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.

Hague will serve as a visiting professor alongside Jolie in the program, which is also expected to be taught at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in the U.S.

 Jolie, 41, has been at the center of intense public attention after she filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, on Sept. 19. She is seeking sole physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

 On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is being investigated for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services after he allegedly got verbally abusive and physical with his and Jolie's oldest child, Maddox, 15, during a flight on the couple's private plane.

A source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE that Pitt did not hit Maddox, but "made contact" with him "in the shoulder area." The source says there was no sign of physical injury on Maddox.

 The Pitt source said the actor is fully cooperating with the investigation, which has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction since the incident occurred mid-flight, and that the actor "takes the matter very seriously."

A source close to the actor told PEOPLE on Saturday that it does not seem likely at this time that the FBI will be recommending further investigation into the matter.



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