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Inanimate Alice Partners with USC Shoah Foundation

The creators of a transmedia novel that has captivated students around the world have entered into a partnership with USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive and educational website IWitness.

Inanimate Alice is the story of a young girl, Alice, who lives in a technology-augmented near future and dreams of being a video game designer. Her story is told in four webisodes as she moves with her parents from China to Italy, Russia and England. Each episode uses music, words, graphics and games to move the story forward, requiring viewers to actively participate in the experience.

IWitness is USC Shoah Foundation’s award-winning educational website. It includes 1,300 testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides from the 52,000 in the Visual History Archive. Students may watch testimonies, complete activities and create their own video projects using IWitness’s built-in video editor.

Inanimate Alice and USC Shoah Foundation will work together to utilize the testimonies in the Visual History Archive, IWitness or both with the resources of Inanimate Alice. Possible projects could be an IWitness activity that complements the story of Inanimate Alice, or the integration of testimony into new Inanimate Alice story pathways.

Inanimate Alice is used in classrooms around the world to teach storytelling and media literacy. Over 11,000 students and 3,000 educators are registered on IWitness in all 50 states and 42 countries.