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The Global Observer

The Global Observer is a print and online publication* committed to exploring global issues and trends. Written by Tulane students, alumni, faculty or staff authors of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, each print issue will explore a theme. Our goal is to collect a myriad of writing that will illustrate the similarities and differences of region, geography and citizenship. The first issue of The Global Observer was published in Spring 2018. The theme for the 2020/2021 issue of the magazine will be the Global Impacts of COVID-19.

If you are interested in submitting an article or photo essay to be included in the next volume of the Global Observer, please fill out this Submission Interest Form. We will collect submissions and pitches over the spring and summer terms and into the fall!

*Due to COVID-19, the 2020 edition of the Global Observer will be published online only. 

You can check out previous issues of the Global Observer here: 

Global Observer: Volume 1

Global Observer: Volume 2

Global Observer: Volume 3

What kind of topics or articles are we looking for? Here are some ideas:

In light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our study abroad students, international students, and on international education as a whole, the theme for the 2020/2021 issue of the magazine has been updated to address the Global Impacts of COVID-19.

Global Impacts of COVID-19

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted your study abroad experience, either as an outgoing student or as an international student at Tulane?
  • What was it like returning from your study abroad destination? Saying goodbye to friends, host families, professors? How have you stayed in touch with those you met abroad?
  • How have COVID-19 travel bans interrupted your lives?
  • What have been the challenges and successes of transitioning to online learning "abroad."
  • As we self-isolate, how can we continue to make and maintain intercultural connections? Why is intercultural understanding so important in a post-COVID-19 world?
  • How have you continued cultural traditions or activities in isolation? Are you cooking dishes from your host or home country, practicing language at home?

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg. We are open to and interested in exploring this topic from many different angles and perspectives.

We'll accept articles, first-person narratives, photos - even creative fiction and poetry! Please limit text submissions to three pages (approximately 1500 words). If your submission is longer, please email Meredith Connelly ( to discuss the possibility of including a longer piece on the website. 

Why submit? 

Writing for the Global Observer is a great opportunity to reflect on your intercultural experiences, as well as to gain a publication credit! This exposure will be especially useful if you would consider travel writing in the future to earn money! CGE staff will work with you throughout the editorial process to produce a great piece of writing and will publish your work online and in a print anthology.

If you have any questions, feel free to email