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Author Event and Reception at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena

Sunday, July 26 15, 2015

4:00–7:00 pm

Celebration for Changing Lives

September 26, 2015

Author Joel L. A. Peterson is being honored as one of 150 Great Neighbors – people who exemplify the best qualities of caring, concern and community - at Lutheran Social Services' 150th Anniversary Gala, tonight in Minneapolis, MN.

Book Event at Gustavus Adolphus College

September 24, 2015

Author Joel L. A. Peterson hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN on September 24th for an author event and book signing.

Sunday, July 26at 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Join author of Dreams of My Mothers for fun, wine, food, literary discussion, and book signing! Perfect event to meet up with friends!

Please RSVP with how many are joining you (e.g. +2) due to food and wine considerations.

2015 Meet

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 2PM-4:30PM

Author of Dreams of My Mothers will be a guest speaker at's annual meet this Saturday! 


Place: Hwa Sun Ji (화선지) Tea & Coffee
3960 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Author will feature as the keynote speaker at 7C Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Graduation Celebration

May 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Our keynote speaker author and CGU PhD student, Joel L.A. Peterson, exemplifies this year’s theme of “Change, Resilience & Persistence”. Nominated for multiple awards, Peterson’s book, Dreams of My Mothers, is based on true events and experiences of a biracial, impoverished boy who, through the transcendent love of his mothers, rises above questions of identity, race, physical limitations, and prejudice.

Author's Webinar: Do Adoptees Do Better or Worse in School?

Jun 08, 2015

Service of Children's Home Society and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota: 


As parents, we have the highest hopes for how we can impact and improve our children's lives. Because of this, many adoptive parents may worry about whether their children will succeed in school once they are home. In this webinar, Joel L.A. Peterson will speak to his research in education as well as provide anecdotes from his own experience as an adoptee. Throughout, he will cover many of the myths and challenges surrounding adoption and school to show that success in school is the norm, not the exception, for adoptees.


Register and view now >>

Dreams of My Mothers was highlighted by The Giving Back Foundation

April 26, 2015

Jim founded Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) fifteen years ago with the help of his mother. Then, inspired by his father's legacy, he created The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation five years ago. Last week celebrated these two decades of service at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, honoring the second year of Luce Scholars, the fifth year of Luce Leaders, and the fifteenth year of Humanitarians. Dreams of My Mothers was awarded to each Luce Leader for improvement in social services practices. 

CCN Morning TV Show Interviews Author Joel L. A. Peterson

April 24, 2015

CCN Morning TV Show Interviews Author Joel L. A. Peterson.

First TV interview! The show is "Halo Halo with Kat Iniba " on LA 18 TV!

March 11, 2015

First TV interview which airs on March 11, 2015! The show is "Halo Halo with Kat Iniba " on LA 18 TV. 


Broadcasting on channel 18, LA18 serves the nation’s second largest TV market and the largest Asian American market – the Los Angeles DMA. LA18 provides a unique variety of news, sports, drama, and entertainment programs. 


LA18 reaches 5.6 million TV households in the Los Angeles DMA over-the-air, including nearly 3 million cable households and 2 million satellite households (DirecTV and DISH Network systems) in the LA DMA as a must-carry local station (Nielsen Media ’13 Universe Estimate). LA18’s affiliate stations include: KUAN-LP San Diego, KIKU Honolulu, KCNS San Francisco, WSAH New York, WTVG Philadelphia, KUBE Houston and WMFP Boston.


Jim Luce's Post on Facebook

February 17, 2015

"As the founder of Orphans International Worldwide and The J. Luce Foundation, I was so impressed with this book we are awarding it to our Luce Leaders at a Leadership Reception at the Sri Lankan Mission to the United Nations Feb. 26. We will also review shortly it in The Stewardship Report. Congrats to author Joel L. A. Peterson!"

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Book Launch Event and Reception

Sunday, March 15, 2015

3:00–5:00 pm

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