Empowering Humanity through the Arts

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The Peace Studio

A global network with participating members hailing from numerous countries, the Peace Studio was co-founded by educator and author Maya Soetoro-Ng and Aevitas Creative Management, a U.S. based literary and content development agency.  Our members include journalists, media executives, veterans and refugees of war, peace scholars, musicians, visual artists, authors, actors, educators, philanthropists, leaders of public and private organizations, students and activists.  The Peace Studio is deeply grateful to Auburn Seminary—a New York-based 501(c)(3) organization committed to fostering moral leadership and social justice—whose fiscal sponsorship allows the Peace Studio to receive tax deductible charitable contributions.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng, PhD

Maya serves as an adviser to the Obama Foundation, working closely with their international team to develop programming in the Asia Pacific region.  Prior to her work with the Obama Foundation, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, History of Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management for Educators. She was awarded a master’s degree in Secondary Education from NYU's College of Education and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Hawaiʻi. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education where she taught Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Maya has published a number of book contributions as well as a picture book entitled Ladder to the Moon and is currently under contract to write a Young Adult novel entitled Yellowwood.  Maya sits on many voluntary boards and is the co-founder of the nonprofit Ceeds of Peace, which creates peacebuilding action plan workshops for educators, families and community leaders.  

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Todd Shuster

Todd Shuster, Managing Partner at Aevitas Creative Management, represents such authors as James S. Hirsch, who wrote the New York Times bestselling Hurricane; Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, author of the bestselling memoir Around the Way Girl; Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman; and Deval L. Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts. 

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Jennifer Gates

Jennifer Gates, Senior Partner at Aevitas Creative Management, has represented numerous New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, among them Mira Bartók, author of the bestselling and NBCC Award winner The Memory Palace and the forthcoming The Wonderling; Maya Soetoro-Ng’s Ladder to the Moon; Eva Longoria’s Eva’s Kitchen; Thomas P.M. Barnett’s The Pentagon’s New Map; and Chris Gardner’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness.