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AMC Online | “Seats at the Table”: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Andrew Kaufman

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What happens when university students and incarcerated young adults study classic works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov? Join us live on June 30 at 6:00 PM MSK to find out!

Tune in on June 30 at 6:00 PM MSK to the unique screening of “Seats at the Table”, a documentary film which depicts Andrew Kaufman’s Books Behind Bars class that brings together university students with inmates at a maximum-security juvenile correctional center to study classic works of Russian literature. Following the screening on June 30, join Andrew Kaufman live for a post-screening Q&A at 7:30 PM MSK. Register to join below!


Documentary screening of “Seats at the Table”

June 30 @ 6:00 PM MSK

SEATS AT THE TABLE tells the story of a unique college course teaching Russian literature at a maximum security juvenile correctional center. The class brings together University of Virginia students and incarcerated young adults to read classic works by authors such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov, and to discuss their interpretation as equal participants around the table.


Live post-screening Q&A with Andrew Kaufman

June 30 @ 7:30 PM MSK

Andrew D. Kaufman is an Associate Professor, General Faculty, Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia. A PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Stanford University, Kaufman is the author of Give ‘War and Peace’ a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times and Understanding Tolstoy, and a coauthor of Russian for Dummies. His work has been featured on Today, NPR, and PBS, and in the New York Times and Washington Post, and he has served as a Russian literature expert for Oprah’s Book Club. Kaufman is the creator of Books Behind Bars, introducing incarcerated youth to the writings of Dostoyevsky and other authors. To learn more about him, please visit: www.andrewdkaufman.com.




Tune in to watch the documentary film screening on the American Center in Moscow’s YouTube channel and VK page on June 30, 2022, at 6:00 PM Moscow time.

Tune in to watch the live Q&A with Andrew D. Kaufman on the American Center in Moscow’s YouTube channel and VK page on June 30, 2022, at 7:30 PM Moscow time.

You can register below and leave your valid email address to receive a reminder 30 minutes before the online event begins on June 30, 2022, at 6:00 PM MSK.

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