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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 TEACHING THE 5 CRITICAL SKILLS... | ② BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE

① Teaching the Five Critical Skills Every Student Must Have in the Twenty-First Century to Change the World


In our fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world, teachers, college professors, and administrators alike are thinking hard about how best to equip students for the challenging world they’re about to enter. In this inspirational and entertaining keynote, Andrew Kaufman—educational entrepreneur, literature professor, and creator of the renowned Books Behind Bars program—reveals the five critical skills every high-school and college student must learn in order to succeed, lead, and make a positive impact on their world in the twenty-fist century: creativity, empathy, collaboration, self-reflection, and resilience. Kaufman draws on powerful examples from his own Books Behind Bars program, which international education expert Ken Bain calls “one of the most brilliant and highly effective examples of service-learning and learning by doing I’ve encountered,” and has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, Katie Couric and the Washington Post. Books Behind Bars is also the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, airing nationally on PBS in the Spring of 2020.

② Be the Change You Wish To See: Creating Equity, Fairness, and Social Justice in Business and Community


In this keynote, educational entrepreneur and creator of the renowned Books Behind Bars program inspires the audience with powerful, timely lessons on how to truly understand and respect each other, no matter what walk of life we may 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 Andrew Kaufman knows about after having spent a decade creating and building Books Behind Bars, which has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, Katie Couric and the Washington Post. Books Behind Bars is also the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, airing nationally on PBS in the Spring of 2020.


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, educational entrepreneur, teaching expert, and Russian literature scholar whose work has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, PBS, and Oprah.com as well as in the Washington Post and the Moscow Times.

A nationally recognized expert on teaching innovation and service-learning, Kaufman is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia, where he helps faculty across the country create profound learning experiences that change students’ lives while making important contributions to their communities. At UVa he 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 The Today Show, and on Russian national television, and it is the subject of the feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, which has appeared at film festivals throughout the United States (including SXSW EDU), France, and Great Britain. In 2020 Seats At The Table will air nationally on PBS.

In addition to his teaching expertise, Dr. Kaufman is a nationally recognized Russian language, literature, and culture expert who has spent the last twenty-five years bringing the Russian classics to life for Americans young and old. Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, and 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 was a featured Tolstoy expert for Oprah.com, and has appeared on various national and international TV and radio shows.

Dr. Kaufman is an in-demand keynote speaker who has spoken at TEDx, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 professor, he is an entertaining and inspirational speaker who draws on the wisdom of great books as well as his journey as an educator 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 Teaching the Five Critical Skills Every Student Must Have in the Twenty-First Century to Change the World
In our fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world, teachers, college professors, and administrators alike are thinking hard about how best to equip students for the challenging world they’re about to enter. In this inspirational and entertaining keynote, Andrew Kaufman—educational entrepreneur, literature professor, and creator of the renowned Books Behind Bars program—reveals the five critical skills every high-school and college student must learn in order to succeed, lead, and make a positive impact on their world in the twenty-fist century: creativity, empathy, collaboration, self-reflection, and resilience. Kaufman draws on powerful examples from his own Books Behind Bars program, which international education expert Ken Bain calls “one of the most brilliant and highly effective examples of service-learning and learning by doing I’ve encountered,” and has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, Katie Couric and the Washington Post. Books Behind Bars is also the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, airing nationally on PBS in the Spring of 2020.
② Be the Change You Wish To See: Creating Equity, Fairness, and Social Justice in Business and Community
In this keynote, educational entrepreneur and creator of the renowned Books Behind Bars program inspires the audience with powerful, timely lessons on how to truly understand and respect each other, no matter what walk of life we may 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 Andrew Kaufman knows about after having spent a decade creating and building Books Behind Bars, which has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, Katie Couric and the Washington Post. Books Behind Bars is also the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, airing nationally on PBS in the Spring of 2020.
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Andrew D. Kaufman is an author, educational entrepreneur, teaching expert, and Russian literature scholar whose work has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, PBS, and Oprah.com as well as in the Washington Post and the Moscow Times.

A nationally recognized expert on teaching innovation and service-learning, Kaufman is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia, where he helps faculty across the country create profound learning experiences that change students’ lives while making important contributions to their communities. At UVa he 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 The Today Show, and on Russian national television, and it is the subject of the feature documentary film, Seats At The Table, which has appeared at film festivals throughout the United States (including SXSW EDU), France, and Great Britain. In 2020 Seats At The Table will air nationally on PBS.

In addition to his teaching expertise, Dr. Kaufman is a nationally recognized Russian language, literature, and culture expert who has spent the last twenty-five years bringing the Russian classics to life for Americans young and old. Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, and 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 was a featured Tolstoy expert for Oprah.com, and has appeared on various national and international TV and radio shows.

Dr. Kaufman is an in-demand keynote speaker who has spoken at TEDx, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 professor, he is an entertaining and inspirational speaker who draws on the wisdom of great books as well as his journey as an educator 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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