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3 Critical Skills Every College Student Needs to Change the World

3 Critical Skills Every College Student Needs to Change the World by @andrewdkaufman #collegestudent #creativity #resilience #empathy

Globalization. Diversity. The future of work. The fate of our democracy. For years these topics have dominated national conversations not just in the professional and political worlds, but also on college campuses where teachers and administrators are—or should be—thinking hard about how well we’re equipping the next generations of students for the world they’re about…

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Why Teachers Must Bring Humanity to The Classroom

Why Teachers Must Bring Humanity to The Classroom by @andrewdkaufman #classroom #teaching #humanity

The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis happens sometime between the moment when John Smith exits his car in the college parking lot, treks across the beautiful grassy campus, enters the building where he’s about to engage in something called Teaching, and finally, steps foot into the Classroom where said Teaching will take place. The man formerly known…

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How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace

How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace by @andrewdkaufman #WarAndPeace #voice #Tolstoy

At a book talk I gave a few years ago, a teenage boy in the audience, intrigued by the stories I’d been telling about young characters’ tortuous journeys in War and Peace, asked me a question during the Q&A. “Did Tolstoy, like, really experience all that?” The ingenuous question got me thinking, not only about…

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Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature

Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature by @andrewdkaufman #resilience #Books #BooksBehindBars

When Lisa* applied to my course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership” in which University of Virginia students lead discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, she and I both had high hopes for her success in the class. Her application was impressive. A highly intelligent, passionate, socially conscious…

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This Is What Happens When Things Fall Apart

This Is What Happens When Things Fall Apart by @andrewdkaufman #FallApart #Life #LifeLessons

“Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost; but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.” — War and Peace We’ve all had moments when our world suddenly snaps. It’s as if we’ve just woken up from a troubled night’s sleep — or perhaps even a good one — to find the…

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This is How Homemade Wisdom for Troubled Times Can Help Us Now

This is How Homemade Wisdom for Troubled Times Can Help Us Now by @andrewdkaufman, #Wisdom, #home

I can’t catch my breath or hear myself think, what with political divisiveness having reached Dostoyevskian proportions, my head spinning from the nonstop barrage of news—most of it bad, all of it “breaking”—and the general anxiety in the air. And yet, recently, out of this maelstrom there has emerged a miraculous little book by philosopher…

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