President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

Later in the day, a woman beckons me over to give me a gift of gratitude. I return to my team carrying a very tall stick. My teammate Gilbert asks what I’ve gotten, and I reply that they’ve given me a stick. He grins widely, as he informs me that I am holding sugar cane.  There is a look of bewilderment and incredulousness as he asks me, “What does your country look like, that you do not know sugar cane?”

Dr. Alessandra Intili