Music icon Barbra Streisand to launch university institute

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announced that legendary performer Barbra Streisand is launching her own institute at the college that will focus on “solving societal challenges”, writes Emily Kirkpatrick for Vanity Fair.

According to a press release, these new educational centres will focus on cultural flashpoints that Streisand is most passionate about: truth in the public sphere, the impact of climate change, the dynamics of intimacy and power between women and men, and the impact of art on the culture. The institute’s four research centres will be housed in UCLA’s division of social sciences.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said of the musician’s generous endowment: “Building upon her decades of work as an artist and activist, Barbra Streisand’s visionary act of generosity will enable UCLA scholars from many different fields to collaborate on research that will move society forward.”
Full report on the Vanity Fair site