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, had its  world premiere at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando on September 22, 2018.

  • Seats at the Table is one of sixty films to be screened at the 2018 United Nations Association Film Festival.  

  • Books Behind Bars is the subject of front-page Washington Post feature.

  • Andy, his students, and his Books Behind Bars program featured on Megyn Kelly Today.

  • 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


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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



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Andrew Kaufman is a sought-after  keynote speaker and workshop facilitator who helps business leaders transform their company's culture by engaging employees in deep, meaningful conversation about corporate purpose, resulting in break-through levels of cross-functional communication, collaboration, and innovation. He is available to speak on:

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