Barbra Streisand is hoping to inspire future generations to solve some of society’s biggest problems.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), announced this week that the music icon is launching her own institute with four specific research areas: the impact of the climate crisis, the dynamics of intimacy and power between men and women, the impact of art on culture and truth in the public sphere.
“It is my great pleasure to be able to fund an institute at UCLA, one of the world’s premier universities,” Ms Streisand says in a statement.
“This will be a place where future scholars can discuss, engage and argue about the most important issues of the day, where innovators will speak truth to power, help save our planet and make glass ceilings for women an anachronism, and in the process give us a change to have a brighter, more promising future.”
The research centres will be housed in UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences and the first area of study will focus on “truth,” the spread of lies and the urgent threats to democracy.
“While it’s easy to reflect on the past, I can’t stop thinking about the future and what it holds for our children, our planet and our society,” Ms Streisand continues.
“The Barbra Streisand Institute at UCLA will be an exploration into vital issues that affect us all…and the fact that my father, Emanuel Streisand was an educator, makes this Institute even more meaningful to me.”
This isn’t the first time Ms Streisand has helped set up important programs at the University. In 1984, she established the Streisand Chair in Cardiology and in 2014 she partnered up with UCLA once again to create the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, which examines stress and the connection between the heart and the mind.
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