September 19, 2018


Sociologist to be keynote speaker at DPGC dinner

This article was published September 12, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

Earl Babbie will be the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Democratic Party of Garland County. A renown sociologist, Babbie holds the position of Campbell professor emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. His textbook, The Practice of Social Research, is taught in colleges throughout the United States and elsewhere. Throughout his career, he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on its executive committee. He is a past president of the California Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.

Babbie will discuss how various political candidates seek to use patriotism for electoral advantage. "With the election season fast approaching, we are certain to hear discussions over who is more patriotic than whom," Babbie said in the release. "These discussions will be complicated by unexamined disagreements about the meaning of the term patriotism. I will attempt to distinguish 'genuine' from 'symbolic' patriotism, suggesting the elements of 'genuine' American patriotism and examining where Democrats, Republicans and other political and social groups stand regarding those elements of American patriotism."

The DPGC's 2018 "Catch the Wave" Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at Whittington Place, 301 Whittington Ave. Daily Dish Catering will serve a chicken spaghetti dinner. Seating is limited. Funds raised from this event support the Democratic Party of Garland County.

Tickets are $20 if purchased before Sept. 13, $25 thereafter. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 624-0300 or emailing Treasurer Mark A. Toth,

Society on 09/12/2018
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