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Internationally recognized Russian literature scholar & author of Give War and Peace a Chance.

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Praise for Andrew Kaufman...

  • “We invited Dr. Andy Kaufman to speak at our annual company party where our theme was Make Love not War. A gifted speaker, Andy was able to bring Tolstoy’s fascinating life story alive with real and relevant applications to our everyday personal and business interactions. Using equal parts wit and wisdom, Andy was both entertaining and edifying. We wholeheartedly recommend him for your organization’s next gathering.”

    –Co-Founder and President, Eenhoorn, LLC


  • “Andrew Kaufman is, quite simply, the most entertaining, inspiring, and powerful speaker we’ve ever had. Although there were almost 300 in the audience, he had a knack for putting his audience at ease and communicating intimately with everyone and he left us with significant takeaways that were directly applicable to our business and personal lives.”

    –Tammy Guiles, Vice President and CFO, Amstore Corporation


  • “Andrew Kaufman is one of those rare speakers whose erudition challenges the mind and enlarges the heart, inviting listeners into a conversation with the ages and with themselves. Articulate, illuminating, eloquent. Cicero says that speech should inform and delight—Kaufman does both with consummate skill.”

    –Todd Breyfogle, PhD, Director of Seminars, The Aspen Institute



Andrew Kaufman: Speech Topics


① PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES | ② EMPATHY, UNCONSCIOUS BIAS, AND PURPOSE

① Pushing the Boundaries: Managing Change for Growth and Innovation


Few people know more about innovation and leadership than the man who created War and Peace, the greatest novel ever written—a book so powerful that it has inspired great leaders from Nelson Mandela to Martin Luther King, transformed millions of lives, and stood the test of time. What are Tolstoy’s secrets as an innovator and his insights as an astute student of human behavior that today’s business leaders can employ to ignite the creative genius within their own organizations? In this entertaining and inspiring keynote, Andrew Kaufman, internationally recognized author, Tolstoy scholar, and founder of one of the country’s most innovative and celebrated college education programs, will share four key lessons from Tolstoy’s masterpiece that have the potential to transform your organization: the importance of embracing failure as essential on the path to success; how to innovate boldly amid great uncertainty and move confidently toward an ill-defined destination; harnessing the power of authentic communication; and developing a purpose-driven culture that motivates employees to bring their best, smartest, most creative selves to work every day.

② Empathy, Unconscious Bias, and Purpose


Andrew Kaufman shares how his nationally renowned Books Behind Bars program provides timely lessons on how to truly understand and respect each other, no matter what walk of life we come from. The outcome is higher levels of compassion, empathy, and community, and the motivation to commit to a cause greater than yourself. Moving beyond the status quo requires bold, unorthodox thinking—something Kaufman knows about after having spent 9 successful years creating and running Books Behind Bars, which has been featured on The Today Show, Katie Couric, NPR, in the Washington Post, and is now the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats at the Table.


Andrew Kaufman: Books


Understanding Tolstoy

Understanding Tolstoy recreates Tolstoy’s lifelong artistic and spiritual journey, taking readers to the core of the writer’s world through nuanced close readings of his major novels and novellas.… ➡︎
Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times

From a popular Tolstoy scholar: an entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever … ➡︎

Andrew Kaufman: Bio



      

Andrew D. Kaufman is an author, educator, speaker, and innovator. He is an internationally recognized Russian literature scholar and featured Oprah.com Tolstoy expert who is bringing classic literature to millions.

Dr. Kaufman has spent the last twenty five years bringing the Russian classics to life for Americans young and old. An innovative, award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature and culture, Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University and currently lectures at the University of Virginia. He’s the author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times and Understanding Tolstoy as well as co-author of Russian for Dummies. He is a featured Tolstoy expert for Oprah.com and has appeared on various national and international TV and radio shows.

In addition to his Russian expertise, Kaufman created and teaches a renowned community-based literature course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature and Leadership,” in which university students have life-changing discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at a juvenile correctional center in Virginia. The course has been featured in the Washington Post, on Katie Couric, and on Russian national television, and it will be the subject of a documentary film forthcoming in 2016.

Dr. Kaufman is a sought-after keynote speaker who has spoken at TEDx, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana, and at book clubs and libraries, corporations, prisons, and colleges and universities across the United States. A professionally-trained actor and long-time college instructor, he is an entertaining and inspirational speaker who draws on the wisdom of great Russian books, as well as his own lifelong journey with them, to offer audiences nourishment for the mind and soul, while also providing them with practical insights that are immediately applicable to their own lives.

To learn more about Dr. Kaufman, please visit his website at www.AndrewDKaufman.com

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ANDREW KAUFMAN


Internationally recognized Russian literature scholar & author of Give War and Peace a Chance.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Pushing the Boundaries: Managing Change for Growth and Innovation

In this entertaining and inspiring keynote, Andrew Kaufman, internationally recognized author, Tolstoy scholar, and founder of one of the country’s most innovative and celebrated college education programs, will share four key lessons from Tolstoy’s masterpiece War and Peace that have the potential to transform your organization: the importance of embracing failure as essential on the path to success; how to innovate boldly amid great uncertainty and move confidently toward an ill-defined destination; how to harness the power of authentic communication; and developing a purpose-driven culture that motivates employees to bring their best, smartest, most creative selves to work every day.


② Empathy, Unconscious Bias, and Purpose

Andrew Kaufman shares how his nationally renowned Books Behind Bars program provides timely lessons on how to truly understand and respect each other, no matter what walk of life we come from. The outcome is higher levels of compassion, empathy, and community, and the motivation to commit to a cause greater than yourself. Moving beyond the status quo requires bold, unorthodox thinking—something Kaufman knows about after having spent 9 successful years creating and running Books Behind Bars, which has been featured on The Today Show, Katie Couric, NPR, in the Washington Post, and is now the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats at the Table.


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Andrew D. Kaufman is an author, educator, speaker, and innovator. He is an internationally recognized Russian literature scholar and featured Oprah.com Tolstoy expert who is bringing classic literature to millions.

Dr. Kaufman has spent the last twenty five years bringing the Russian classics to life for Americans young and old. An innovative, award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature and culture, Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University and currently lectures at the University of Virginia. He’s the author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times and Understanding Tolstoy as well as co-author of Russian for Dummies. He is a featured Tolstoy expert for Oprah.com and has appeared on various national and international TV and radio shows.

In addition to his Russian expertise, Kaufman created and teaches a renowned community-based literature course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature and Leadership,” in which university students have life-changing discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at a juvenile correctional center in Virginia. The course has been featured in the Washington Post, on Katie Couric, and on Russian national television, and it will be the subject of a documentary film forthcoming in 2016.

Dr. Kaufman is a sought-after keynote speaker who has spoken at TEDx, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana, and at book clubs and libraries, corporations, prisons, and colleges and universities across the United States. A professionally-trained actor and long-time college instructor, he is an entertaining and inspirational speaker who draws on the wisdom of great Russian books, as well as his own lifelong journey with them, to offer audiences nourishment for the mind and soul, while also providing them with practical insights that are immediately applicable to their own lives.

To learn more about Dr. Kaufman, please visit his website at www.AndrewDKaufman.com


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