In Beirut, Syrian construction workers build a skyscraper. At the same time, back in Syria, their houses are being shelled into rubble. Though war and armed conflict have quieted in Lebanon, the Syrian civil war still rages on. The Syrian workers often find themselves locked in the building site, not allowed to leave until after 7 p.m. To make their lives even harder, the Lebanese government has imposed night-time curfews on all refugees. The only contact with the outside world for these Syrian workers is the hole through which they climb out in the morning to begin a new day of work. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set to get the news from Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, suffering and deprived of the most basic human and workers’ rights, they nevertheless hope for a different, better life. Discussion and Q&A led by Prof. E. K. Tan and Prof. Mireille Rebeiz from the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature RSVP at www.thewangcenter.org.