EPISODE 1 – Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World is a four part series podcast launching today, 28th April. In episode 1, we meet André de Quadros speaking about empowering through creative arts-making.

EPISODE 1. Empowering Through Creative Arts-Making

Guest: André de Quadros

André de Quadros is Professor of music at Boston University and human rights activist. In the interview, we ask him about his work with prisoners (both women and men) in the USA, and with groups promoting peace-building in the Israeli- Palestinians conflict. In this episode, he explains how his approach called Empowering Song allows to open up new paths to empower individuals and communities seeking change.

“It is not the place of the theatre to show the correct path, but only to offer the means by which all possible paths may be examined!” Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed

“Music is part of what it means to be a human being” André de Quadros

Learn more


  • de Quadros, A., Kelman D., White, J., Sonn C., and Baker, A. (eds.) (2021). Poking the WASP Nest: Young People, Applied Theatre, and Education about Race. Brill.
  • Vu, K. T., and de Quadros, A. (eds.) (2020) My Body was Left on the Street. Music Education and Displacement. Brill.
  • de Quadros, A. and Amrein, A. (eds.) (2022) Empowering Song. A Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogy. Routledge.

See full schedule for the upcoming podcast in the series.

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World  

Teresa Cappiali, creator and host

Teresa is a Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights (RWI) in Sweden. She is also the founder of the start-up NOIWE- NO INNOVATION WITHOUT EDUCATION, a company offering training and toolkits to public and private organisations via the use of educational models based on principles of critical and transformative pedagogy.


Francesca Cerri, co-producer 

Francesca is a multimedia storyteller who works with community engagement to challenge mainstream narratives. She uses a diversity of approaches and platforms (planning practice, research, artistic projects, and teaching) to highlight the knowledge of underrepresented groups and validate their experience.


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