Andrew D. Kaufman is a nationally recognized educator, author, speaker, and innovator who is bringing classical literature alive for large 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…



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

  • Andy 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.

  • A celebrated filmmaker is preparing a forthcoming documentary about Books Behind Bars.

Andrew on the Today Show

Andrew's TEDx Talk

Andrew on Katie Couric

Andrew on CSPAN Book TV