Literature Program

Friday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Mary Nell Trautner

Scholars @ Hallwalls

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, a space for experimental art, music, and film located in the heart of downtown Buffalo at Delaware and Tupper, is the perfect setting for the eighth year of the Humanities Institute's Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series. These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served. Please join us for any or all of the Scholars@Hallwalls talks!

"Transforming Medical Problems into Legal Problems"

Mary Nell Trautner, Sociology

Why do some medical problems become legal problems and others do not? This project is based on interviews with 100 parents of children who experienced the same kind of birth injury about their decisions whether or not to pursue legal action against their doctor. Trautner examinex three important influences on parents' decision making: state-level political and media culture, online social networking sites, and intimate social support networks. Whether parents frame their child's injury as a legal problem, medical problem, or personal failing can lead to drastically different actions and outcomes for families and children.