Vermont Humanities
Bess O'Brien with sandy blonde hair wearing a gray jacket focusing a video camera with the woods as a backdrop

Bess O’Brien

Bess O’Brien is the director and producer of a number of award-winning films including her latest documentary “Just Getting By” which is focused on Vermonters struggling with food and housing insecurity.

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Extreme Survival: Lessons from Those Who Triumphed Against All Odds

We have all heard amazing stories of survival that rendered us awestruck. But too often, we don’t realize the wealth of information we can learn from people who make it to the other side of life’s most daunting challenges. In this talk, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias chronicles harrowing survival stories and then discusses lessons to learn from these experience.

Image of Meg Tamulonis wearing a red sweater with her hands folded in front of her chest

Meg Tamulonis

Meg is the volunteer curator of the Vermont Queer Archives with the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington.  Her day job is Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont.

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Michael Tougias

Michael has written 29 books, including The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, which was adapted into a Disney film in 2016.