Several weeks ago, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management welcomed Jon Ronson as part of their speakers series. Author of The Psychopath Test and, most recently, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Ronson shared stories from both his book and his life where he had encountered shaming. With projector clicker in hand, photos and tweets accompanied his tales about Jonah Lehrer, Justine Sacco, and others.
Now, having read the book since this speaking engagement (review here), he touched on quite a few major parts of his book during this hour. Honestly, I could have listened to Ronson talk on just about anything. He was informative and humorous in his storytelling. An absolutely fascinating presentation on the effects of not only the one being shamed, but the ones – us, as a society – who do the shaming.
Our ticket for the event included a signed copy of the book already, but after the talk and Q&A the gracious author stuck around to spend time and chat with fans and sign other books as well. This was my first time at Rotman, but I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for more in this speakers series. An incredibly fascinating evening.