Center for the Study of the Future of Education to Host Matthew Porricelli and Lorraine Dowler

Porricelli and Dowler will discuss their classroom styles and how to connect with students at all levels.

Manhattan College’s Center for the Study of the Future of Education (CSFE) will host Matthew Porricelli on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in room 5C of the Kelly Commons. The CSFE will also be hosting Lorraine Dowler ’80, Ph.D., on Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m., in room 5C of the Kelly Commons.

Matthew Porricelli portrait photoMatthew Porricelli is an upper-elementary school teacher in the Mamaroneck, N.Y. school district, who will deliver a presentation titled “True Stories Shrink the Globe.” Porricelli designs his classroom with flexible seating, student-led lessons, authentic learning experiences rooted in students’ passions, and fosters positive attitudes towards learning. His class focuses on how to make learning fun for students while ensuring a quality education.  

Portrait photo of Lorraine DowlerLorraine Dowler ’80, Ph.D., is an associate professor of geography and women’s studies at Penn State University. She will speak about the power of sports and human rights in higher education. Dowler earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Manhattan College, received a Master’s in landscape architecture and her doctorate in geography. Dowler has done research of different theoretical frameworks that challenge the common understandings of militarization. Her research evaluates the possibility of having meaningful peace if communities maintain conflict in symbolic landscape and the changing identity of the tourist as a positive force for social change.   

Through research, discussion, and application to the Manhattan College community, the CSFE explores issues related to education, from preschool through college, that have the potential to dramatically impact the future of education. An ongoing focus is the impact of equity issues, particularly poverty, on learning and instruction.

Both events are free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Lisa Toscano, Ed.D., professor of kinesiology, at (718) 862-7216 or