Clamoring For Tolstoy...In Juvie?

May 21, 2013

“Books Behind Bars” is program which pairs undergraduates from the University of Virginia with inmates at the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center to read classic Russian literature. Prison staff notice a marked change in behavior among inmates who take the class, and researchers have documented similar improvements in decision-making, social skill, and civic engagement among prisoners and undergrads who participate in the class.

Our guest is Andy Kaufman, fellow in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and a Research Affiliate in the Curry School of Education, and creator of the course.