Giovanni Arrighi dedicated his masterwork, The Long Twentieth Century (Verso 1994), “to my graduate students,” stating that the community of graduate students was “collectively, the giant on whose shoulders I have traveled.” Continuing with this tradition, the Arrighi Center  encourages the active participation of graduate students in all its activities, including Workshops, Seminars and Research Working Groups.

The Arrighi Center General Seminar will be the Center’s main activity in Fall 2021.  The Fall 2021 General Seminar will be a combination of “reading group”, invited speakers, and open discussion related to the Center’s thematic foci.  Regular participants in the General Seminar include faculty and graduate students from a range of social science and humanities departments (as well as visiting post-docs and scholars). The Seminar is also open to Arrighi Center alums, affiliates and friends around the world who will be able to participate via Zoom.

PhD students who want to participate in the General Seminar for academic credit  can register under 230.675.  For questions related to 230.675 please consult with Robbie Shilliam <> or Beverly Silver <>

The first session for the Fall 2021 semester will be an introductory meeting on Friday, September 10 at 1:30 pm.   The full schedule for the Fall 2021 seminar can be found on the  Events page.

The seminar will take place in 526 Mergenthaler with an online zoom option.  If you need the zoom link, send a request to with your name, email and affiliation.