Skip to content


Andrew D. Kaufman is a nationally recognized educator, author, speaker, and innovator who is bringing classical literature alive for wide audiences ranging from corporate executives to incarcerated youth. He is the author of several books including Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times, and is frequently invited to discuss Russian literature and culture on national television and radio shows. He is also the creator of the renowned Books Behind Bars program, in which university students meet regularly with incarcerated youth at a maximum security juvenile correctional center to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through life-changing conversations about Russian literature…



  • The documentary, Seats at the Table, about Books Behind Bars, will play at the South by Southwest EDU Film Festival and Richmond International Film Festival in March 2019; the film has been screened at the Global Peace Film Festival, the United Nations National Assembly Film Festival, the Virginia Film Festival. 

  • Andy will speak at the South by Southwest EDU Film Festival, March 6, 2019 

  • Radio IQ/ NPR features story about Seats at the Table and Books Behind Bars, Februrary 2019

  • Books Behind Bars to top the list of courses from around the world featured in international education expert Ken Bain’s forthcoming Super Courses.

Andrew on the Today Show

Andrew's TEDx Talk

Andrew on Katie Couric

Andrew on CSPAN Book TV


Books Behind Bars Hero Background

Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership is an internationally recognized program that brings together incarcerated youth and university students and transforms both groups through the power of conversation about great Russian literature. READ MORE



Learn more about the Books Behind Bars program behind the movie.


Andrew Kaufman is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator who helps corporate executives transform their company's culture and achieve bottom-line results through deep, personally meaningful  conversation about their relationship to change in all of its aspects. He is available to speak on:

Pushing the Boundaries: Managing Change for Growth and Innovation

Empathy, Unconscious Bias, and Purpose