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June 8, 2007

Angelina Jolie joins Council on Foreign Relations

Ok. It's of course great that Angelina has become a dynamic humanitarian force in the world. It's really really great. BUT I don't know if she should count as qualified to be on this council (I don't purport to know much about this council and its members-I'm merely assuming they are a deserving and illustrious group). Maybe she supplements her high school degree by being self-taught on humanitarian issues but I haven't read or heard anything explicitly saying she has done this. I don't mean to detract from the importance of experiential knowledge at all - I just strongly believe in book knowledge serving as an anchor and framework for understanding the world at large. I am not convinced that she is learned enough in humanitarian issues and other areas of study to be a meaningful addition to the council. I hope to be convinced or proven wrong - thoughts?


* via HuffPost.


Of course you alreay know experience is education. It depends on what capacity they intend Angelina to fulfill while sitting on this council. The things she has experienced and seen in third world countries cannot be taught in books. The visceral feeling you get knowing right or wrong also cannot be taught. Her first hand knowledge of foriegn issues may be helpful as she has spent substantial amounts of time among the "common" people. Now if they want her on the council to be a grant writer or a mediator, yes, a little schooling would be essential.

Posted by: jenn at June 8, 2007 4:00 PM

i've got to say- the longer i'm in academics, the more i believe in experiential training. i seriously doubt there is anything one could learn out of book that would be more helpful than dealing with common issues on the job. not to mention- angelina being on the council for publicity is probably worth more (in terms of raising awareness of its various causes) than pretty much anyone else. dunno if that's sad or not- probably depends on how you feel about celebrity culture generally...

Posted by: koleen at June 8, 2007 4:43 PM

Angelina DID go to NYU for a while before dropping out...

Posted by: Pam at June 11, 2007 1:12 PM
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