Seats at the Table

Books Behind Bars is now the subject of the documentary, Seats at the Table, airing nationally on PBS 2020-2021


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 be airing throughout the U.S. on PBS starting in June of 2020. 

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

  • Andy has become an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and was named Assistant Director of UVa's Center for Teaching Excellence, where he will help faculty at UVa and nationally create profound learning experiences that change students' lives and improve communities. 

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



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


Andrew Kaufman is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator available to speak on:

Teaching the Five Critical Skills Every Student Must Have in the Twenty-First Century to Change the World

Be the Change You Wish To See: Creating Equity, Fairness, and Social Justice in Business and Community