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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Partner to Build Classroom Curriculum Around Upcoming Discovery Channel Docuseries, “Why We Hate”

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 4:36pm -- rob.kuznia

LOS ANGELES, Calif: Oct. 21USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced a partnership to develop classroom curriculum tied to the upcoming Discovery Channel docuseries, “Why We Hate,” made available to more than 5 million educators and 51 million students worldwide.

Executive produced by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg and directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard, "Why We Hate” explores one of humanity’s most primal and destructive emotions – hate.  At the heart of this series is the notion that if people begin to understand their own minds, they can find ways to work against hate and keep it from spreading.

The curriculum will incorporate testimony from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA) and weave in excerpts from the docuseries to craft learning activities to help students understand the dangers of hate and where it can lead.

“We’ve seen it time and again – words used as weapons to conjure up hate that leads to violence. It is an ever-present danger and is best countered with the sort of education that develops empathy, understanding and respect,” said Stephen D. Smith, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with Discovery Education to create vital resources to counter Antisemitism and other forms of hatred for school-aged children around the world to use this as a learning opportunity.”

Educators and students using the recently launched Discovery Education Experience and other award-winning digital services will shortly receive access to the “Why We Hate” curriculum, which includes a variety of exclusive videos, classroom activities, lesson plans, a take-home parent viewing guide, and more. Through these thought-provoking resources, teachers, students and their families will be empowered to explore the human condition for hatred and change the narrative.

The activities will be posted on, an educational program stemming from the partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education that unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony.

The six-part series will begin airing on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel, with additional episodes airing each subsequent Sunday. The first episode will be available on Discovery Go Sunday Oct. 6.  Each episode will come with its own learning resource.

“The partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education really serves to empower educators with resources for the classroom that will aid them in teaching students some of the most difficult but important lessons,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “The powerful testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the devastation caused by hate that are featured in Teaching with Testimony and ‘Why We Hate’ provide meaningful, relatable perspectives by which we can encourage students to find their own voice and take action for a better future.”

Drawing on cutting-edge journalism, deep historical investigations and groundbreaking research in psychology, biology, and neuroscience, “Why We Hate” traces the evolutionary basis of hatred and its powerful impact on individuals and societies throughout human history.  The science behind the behavior is a powerful tool to help us understand what drives conflict, enabling people to have real, tough conversations about these issues and behaviors.

“Why We Hate” is an Amblin Television and Jigsaw Productions  in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel. Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard. The series is executive produced by Alex Gibney, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David McKillop, Jon Bardin, Yael Melamede, and Erica Sashin. For Escape Artists: executive producer, Steve Tisch; For Discovery Channel: executive producers, Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz.

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at


About USC Shoah Foundation 

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. USC Shoah Foundation's interactive programming, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.