Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is to deliver a lecture at the prestigious Yale University as its Chubb Fellow, an honour which in the past has been bestowed on heads of states and Nobel Prize winners.
As part of the prestigious fellowship, Shah Rukh (46) would deliver a lecture at Yale University on April 12, said the university in a statement.
The Chubb Fellowship is among Yale's highest honours and Mr. Khan would join a roster of fellows dating back to 1949 who have included heads of states, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders from every area of human endeavour who have inspired Yale students.
“Through his films and his philanthropy, the Chubb Fellowship noted that Khan has been among his generation's most important examples of the power of art to promote higher human ideals and aspirations,” said the university.
Established in 1936 through the generosity of Hendon Chubb (Yale College Class of 1895), the programme is based in Timothy Dwight College, one of Yale's residential colleges.
Each year three or four distinguished men and women have been appointed as visiting Chubb Fellows.
Chubb Fellows spend their time at Yale in close, informal contact with students and deliver a public lecture. Former Chubb Fellows include U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter; authors Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes and Toni Morrison; filmmaker Sofia Coppola; architect Frank Gehry; and journalist Walter Cronkite.