Infographic: Spices By Cuisine (Visual.ly)

Click to view more spices in the full infographic. Detail: Visual.ly

Click to view more spices in the full infographic. Detail: Visual.ly

Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

 

Civil War cluster students Michael Smith, Alexxa Leon, and Katie Randall (photo credit: Tess Chakkalakal)

Civil War cluster students Michael Smith, Alexxa Leon, and Katie Randall

In one sense, there were only two sides in the Civil War – but there are many sides to the story of this pivotal era in American history, and studying them today requires bringing together a whole range of disciplines, including the historical, the literary, the visual, and the digital.

Learn how Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff are pulling this off through Bowdoin’s Civil War course cluster, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Behind the Scenes: Those Enduring Cartoon Clichés (The New Yorker)

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Looking for meaning in cartoon tropes.

 

Readers of The New Yorker are especially familiar with some common conventions in cartoon humor — the tiny desert island, the grim reaper, the guru atop the mountain.

Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, takes us behind the scenes for a look at “The Secrets Behind Cartoon Tropes.Watch the 60 Minutes interview with Mankoff.

 

Workplace Personality Tests: What They Reveal About Us (Wall Street Journal)

Measuring a men

 

With the rising use of personality tests as part of job applications, The Wall Street Journal asked an industrial and organizational psychologist to interpret some of the questions found on job tests for retail and restaurant chains.

For instance, is it better to be unique or orderly? Unfortunately, you won’t find any “right” answers since different jobs desire different personality traits.

But it turns out your answers to the personality test questions correspond to varying measures of the Five Factor Model’s personality dimensions: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Read the article here.