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Affleck to get honorary doctorate

Published 25/04/2013 | 15:13

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Ben Affleck will be honoured by Brown University

Ben Affleck is to receive an honorary degree from Brown University.

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The Academy Award-winning actor and director is among six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive the doctorate from the Ivy League school in Rhode Island.

The Massachusetts native, who directed, produced and starred in Oscar-winning Argo, will get the doctor of fine arts honour during next month's graduation ceremonies on May 26.

Ben also revealed he is to live on one-and-a-half dollars per day for charity.

The 40-year-old, who has three children with actress wife Jennifer Garner, will try to survive on the basics for Global Poverty Project's Live Below The Line challenge to bring attention to extreme poverty.

"1.4 billion people live on less than 1.50 dollars [per] day. I'm joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?" he tweeted.

Tom Hiddleston has already participated in the challenge, while Hugh Jackman took part in it in 2011.

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