NJWC 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 https://www.wellesley.edu/americanstudies/facstaff/fisher.
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!
$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 email@example.com 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.
By check payable to “The New Jersey Wellesley Club” and send to
17 Roe Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Thursday, 05/16/19 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm | iCal
Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 United States
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