fisherwebsiteNJWC 2019 Annual Dinner

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6 PM - 9 PM

Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

Guest Speaker: Paul Fisher, Associate Professor and Director of American Studies, Wellesley College

The “Barbarous Barbaro”: Art, Travel, and Exoticism in Isabella Stewart Gardner's Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner has been described as “Boston's pre-cinema star,” but her career achievements are, in fact, more substantial and more feminist than many people know. Her transgressive outlook and adventurous travels strongly influenced her greatest achievement, the building of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the installation of her art collection there. At Fenway Court, she translated her liberating world travels into one of the world's most unusual and compelling museums. The socialite and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner contributed significantly to the culture, art scene, and history of Boston. Professor Paul Fisher of Wellesley College will make a presentation on her manifold accomplishments and special legacy. 

Paul Fisher is a cultural historian and biographer who holds degrees from Harvard College (A.B. English), Trinity College, Cambridge (Hon.B.A., M.A. English), and Yale University (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. American Studies). He works on interdisciplinary topics related to American internationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has taught literature, history, and art history at Yale, Wesleyan, Boston University, and Harvard. He is currently Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of American Studies at Wellesley. His books include Artful Itineraries: European Art and American Careers in High Culture, 1865-1920 (Routledge, 2000), House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family (Henry Holt, 2008), and The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent, His Patrons, and Sexuality in the Art World of the Belle Époque (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, forthcoming). He is also working on upcoming exhibitions of John Singer Sargent’s painting and its cultural context at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Tate Britain in London. His Wellesley faculty profile is at


The NJWC will present its second Annual Dinner Awards to honor exceptional service. The recipient of the Legacy Award is Nora Wong ‘80, NJWC President from 2010-2012. Her enthusiasm for Wellesley and tireless dedication to the Club will be remembered for many years to come. Congratulations to Nora on her invaluable contributions to Wellesley and the NJWC!


$125 Patrons (to defray costs of events for students & young alumnae) 
$100 non-dues-paying alumnae & guests 
$80 dues-paying alumnae & guests

$50 Students, Classes 2014-2018 & Classes 1959 and earlier (& guests)

 RSVPs and Questions? Contact Won J. Hah '93 at or (917) 683-3921. Funds also available to support students and young alumnae to attend the dinner.  Call Won J. Hah '93 for more details.  

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Won Hah

17 Roe Lane

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920



6:00PM - 9:00PM Thu 16 May 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 United States

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Alexandra Haner
Jennifer Applebee
Won Hah
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Charlize Chen
Charlize Zi Chen
Joanne Lazos
Joanne Lazos
Helen Demir
Cenker Demir
Ed Zonenberg
Luis Zonenberg
Deborah Ziwot
Lisa Bianco
Tina Cowles
Nora Wong
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Catherine Garbor
Barbara Boehm
  Metropolitan Museum NY
Heewon Kwon
Jane Susswein
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Cynthia Johnston
Alison Draikiwicz
Cecile Seth
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