College of Arts and Sciences


  • Atkins Receives Book Contract

    December 14, 2010

    Professor Gary Atkins, Chair of the Communication Department, was awarded a book contract for “Hunting for Home: Gay Paradises in Aesthetic Bali, Erotic Bangkok, and Cyber-Singapore” by Hong Kong University Press. His previous book, “Gay Seattle,” received the Washington State Book Award and a Jesuit Book Award. The Washington honor, formerly known as the Governor's Writing Award, is sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book. The Jesuit Book Award is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.

    In his new book, Atkins creates a 100-year saga set in Southeast Asia, beginning with the colonial era of 1910 and ending in the modern era of 2010, seen through the stories of four men living in Bali, Bangkok, and Singapore. The men include a king, an artist, a mastermind designer, and an entrepreneur. The book looks at the role these men played in constructing and communicating the modern-day images of Bali as an aesthetic paradise, Bangkok as a sensual paradise, and Singapore as an intelligent cyber-paradise.

    Atkins focuses his scholarship on communication justice, sexual justice, and narrative journalism. He joined the Seattle University  faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences  in 1978. He has served terms for more than 20 years as the Chair of the Communication Department, which offers specializations in communication studies, journalism, and strategic communications.


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