Robert Evans

  • "Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love."
    --David Wong, author of John Dies at the End
    History has never been more fun--or more intoxicating.
    Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create--and destroy--South America's first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history's most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home. You’ll learn how to:
    • Trip like a Greek philosopher.
    • Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
    • Get drunk like a Sumerian.
    • Smoke a nose pipe like a pre–Columbian Native American.
    A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Le numéro 104 de la revue des arts, des médias et de la culture, Ciel variable, nous invite à poser un autre regard sur les choses. Cet automne, c'est par le biais de la photographie que le dossier principal nous propose de regarder la vie selon un « angle décalé ». Cet angle, c'est peut-être l'unique point commun entre le travail des trois artistes invités ici. Yoanis Menge cherche par son oeuvre, caractérisé par un intense noir et blanc contrasté, à modifier la perception négative du public par rapport à la chasse au phoque. Marisa Portolese décortique dans sa dernière série les conventions rigides du portrait de femme victorien : une avenue inusitée pour remettre en question les stéréotypes de l'idéal féminin. Quant aux Outsiders que sont Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus et autres, récemment mis à l'honneur du Musée des Beaux-Arts de l'Ontario, ils s'attachent aux pas des marginaux dont ils révèlent la douloureuse beauté. Tous ont remis en question des préjugés et des systèmes de pensée dominants : voici d'autres sujets, d'autres valeurs à célébrer.

  • The keys to having an outstanding career as a school leader. The American educational system is in crisis; trends of recent years have been extraordinarily hard on educators. An entire generation of school leaders is retiring, many of them early, and the number of candidates applying to replace them is plummeting. In many districts, applications have shrunk by nearly two-thirds. Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader hopes to counteract these glum statistics by giving both aspiring and experienced school leaders important survival tools, and encouraging long-term leaders to renew their faith in their own abilities. Describes the innate tensions inherent in leadership Explores the difference between dilemmas and problems Encourages leaders to make change by making meaning Offers guidance for being your best and bold self Written an expert on school leadership who has worked closely with thousands of schools over the years, the book will help anyone serving as or considering becoming a school administrator.

  • Jon Roberts naît en 1948 au coeur du Bronx, dans une famille de la mafia new-yorkaise, les Gambino. À 7 ans, il assiste à un assassinat commis par son père. Ce jour-là, il décide de suivre la même voie, celle du crime organisé. Après un passage au Vietnam, il connaît une ascension fulgurante au sein de la mafia : racket, trafic de cocaïne pour le compte du cartel de Medellín, meurtres... C´est une effrayante épopée de réussite criminelle qu´il bâtit dans les années 1970 et 1980. Roberts est enfin arrêté en Colombie mais réussit à s´évader. Rattrapé par la police américaine, il accepte de coopérer avec la justice. Evan Wright est un journaliste et écrivain américain reconnu.American desperado est le fruit de leurs échanges.Une lecture hallucinante.

  • American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written.

    Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam. He returned to New York at age 20 to become one of the city's top nightclub promoters, then journeyed to Miami where he became the de facto transportation chief of the Medellin Cartel, and along with a tech-wizard partner, created some of the most sophisticated smuggling technologies ever.

    With a hulking 6'6" bodyguard always at his side, and a rural fortress protected by mortars, tear-gas cannons, and a gold-fanged attack dog, Roberts was brutally effective at what he did. To law enforcement, he was known as the "Bearded Gringo," a spectre they could never touch. To United States senators and CIA officials, he was "the guy who can get things done". He eventually formed a clandestine alliance with the US government and in the end found personal late-life redemption.

  • This book offers an accessible guide to understanding the importance of a systems approach to embedding sustainability into teacher education practice, providing a practical resource for teacher education academics and others with an interest in organisational change. It draws principally on the findings of a 12-year research project in Australia, working directly with academics and their teacher education institutions to ensure that sustainability and education for sustainability are embedded in teacher education courses. Illustrating the need for change in teacher education in the context of education for sustainability, the book discusses the theory underpinning and practical application of a system-based change model. It also offers examples of how the model has been used in practice and shows education academics how to implement change within their own organizations and use the ideas and tools presented to advance sustainability in their discipline areas.

  • This book presents journeys of sixteen Indigenous Australian athletes from their first touch of a`footy' to the highest levels of Australian football and rugby league, conceptualized as a processof learning. The authors challenge simplistic explanations of Indigenous success in Australianfootball and rugby league, centered on the notion of the `natural athlete'. The book tracesthe development of Indigenous sporting expertise as a lifelong process of learning situated inlocal culture and shaped by the challenges of transitioning into professional sport. Individually,the life stories told by the participants provide fascinating insights into experience, cultureand learning. Collectively, they provide deep understanding of the powerful influence thatAboriginal culture exerted on the participants' journeys to the top of their sports while locatingindividual experience and agency within larger economic, cultural and social considerations.Stories of Indigenous Success in Australian Sport will be of interest to students and scholarsacross a range of disciplines including Indigenous studies, physical education, education, sportmanagement and sociology

  • This book offers a sophisticated overview of President Obama's education agenda, exploring how and why education policy became national and ultimately presidential over the past seven decades. The authors argue that the Obama education agenda, though more ambitious, is broadly in line with those of recent presidencies, reflecting elite views that since substantial increases in spending have failed to improve equity and achievement, public schools require reforms promoting transparency such as the Common Core national standards, as well as market based reforms such as charter schools. While sympathetic to President Obama's goals, the authors argue that the processes used to implement those goals, particularly national standards, have been hurried and lacked public input. The Obama administration's overreach on school reform has sparked a bipartisan backlash. Even so, Maranto, McShane, and Rhinesmith suspect that the next president will be an education reformer, reflecting an enduring elite consensus behind school reform. 

  • The rise of populism in the West has led to attacks on the legitimacy of scientific expertise in political decision making. This book explores the differences between populism and pluralist democracy and their relationship with science. Pluralist democracy is characterised by respect for minority choices and a system of checks and balances that prevents power being concentrated in one group, while populism treats minorities as traitorous so as to concentrate power in the government. The book argues that scientific expertise - and science more generally -- should be understood as one of the checks and balances in pluralist democracies. It defends science as `craftwork with integrity' and shows how its crucial role in democratic societies can be rethought and that it must be publicly explained. This book will be of value to scholars and practitioners working across STS as well as to anyone interested in decoding the populist agenda against science.

  • This book reports the results of a research project that investigated assessment methods aimed at supporting and improving inquiry-based approaches in European science, technology and mathematics (STM) education. The findings were used to influence policy makers with guidelines for ensuring that assessment enhances learning. The book provides insights about:-  The concept of competence within the STM domains and its relevance for education-  The conceptualisation and teaching of four key competences: scientific inquiry, mathematical problem-solving, design processes, and innovation.-   Fundamental aspects of the two main purposes of assessment, formative and summative, the relations between the two purposes and ways of linking them.-  The main challenges related to the uptake of formative assessment in daily teaching-learning practices in STM and specifically, the usability of formative on-the-fly dialogue, structured assessment dialogue, peer assessment and written teacher feedback.-   The systemic support measures and tools teachers need in order to integrate formative assessment of student learning into their classroom practices and how it can conflict with summative assessment practices.-   How research-based strategies for the formative use of assessment can be adapted to various European educational traditions to ensure their effective use and avoid undesirable consequences.-   How relevant stakeholders can be invited to take co-ownership of research results and how a productive partnership between researchers, policy makers, and teachers can be established. -   Concrete research vistas that are still needed in international assessment research.

  • The Second Edition of the Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems clarifies the current state of treatment and prevention through comprehensive examinations of mental disorders and dysfunctional behaviors as well as the varied forces affecting their development. New or revised chapters offer a basic framework for approaching mental health concerns in youth and provide the latest information on how conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder, suicidality, and OCD) and behaviors (e.g., sex offenses, gang activities, dating violence, and self-harm) manifest in adolescents. Each chapter offers diagnostic guidance, up-to-date findings on prevalence, biological/genetic aspects, risk and resilience factors, and a practical review of prevention and treatment methods. Best-practice recommendations clearly differentiate among what works, what might work, what doesn't work, and what needs further research across modalities, including pharmacotherapy. Key topics addressed include:Families and adolescent development.Adolescent mental health and the DSM-5.Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.Autism spectrum disorder.Media and technology addiction.School failure versus school success.Bullying and cyberbullying.The Second Edition of the Handbook of Adolescent Behavior Problems is a must-have reference for researchers, clinicians, allied practitioners and professionals, and graduate students in school and clinical child psychology, education, pediatrics, psychiatry, social work, school counseling, and public health. 

  • We live in times of increasing public distrust of the main institutions of modern society. Experts, including scientists, are suspected of working to hidden agendas or serving vested interests. The solution is usually seen as more public scrutiny and more control by democratic institutions - experts must be subservient to social and political life.
    In this book, Harry Collins and Robert Evans take a radically different view. They argue that, rather than democracies needing to be protected from science, democratic societies need to learn how to value science in this new age of uncertainty. By emphasizing that science is a moral enterprise, guided by values that should matter to all, they show how science can support democracy without destroying it and propose a new institution - The Owls - that can mediate between science and society and improve technological decision-making for the benefit of all.

  • L'enseignement, la recherche et la formation en criminologie méritent d'être beaucoup mieux intégrés au sein de l'Université française. Prévenir, réprimer et traiter le phénomène criminel suppose, que des enseignements transdisciplinaires soient accessibles au plus grand nombre dans des UFR de criminologie. Cet opuscule permet d'offrir à tous une analyse concrète de la situation.