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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. Check it out!

Global Observer: Volume 1

The magazine's second issue theme is Language.

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

  • Think about your own experience learning or operating in a foreign language.
  • What is it like to form an authentic identity in a foreign language? Expressing your personality or sense of humor in another language can be very difficult, for example.
  • What is the role of English in a global context? What about the role of less commonly taught or spoken languages?
  • What are some frustrations or achievements you have experienced navigating a language barrier at home or abroad?
  • What are some observations of how language has caused tension, conflict or opportunity in New Orleans, your home city or another location?

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

We'll accept articles, first-person narratives, photo essays - even creative fiction and poetry! Please limit text submissions to three pages (approximately 1500 words). If your submission is longer, please email Meredith Connelly (mconnelly@tulane.edu) 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 at the end of the spring semester. 

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

If you have any questions, feel free to email mconnelly@tulane.edu

**Check out some writing on language that we like for inspiration!**

CIEE Common Ground Magazine

Translating "America," Translating the "Other": Cross-cultural (mis)communications in an age of globalization

"Does Your Language Shape How You Think?"

TED Talks about Language