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Laura Skandera Trombley is named new president of Huntington Library
Laura Skandera Trombley is named new president of Huntington Library

Laura Skandera Trombley isn't afraid of starting a good public tussle. Her books on how women helped shape the life of Mark Twain, America's greatest literary celebrity, have sparked controversy among scholars. The Pitzer College president, named Tuesday as the next president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, says that she sees her new job as an excellent platform for selling the public on the idea that the humanities, which are at the core of what the Huntington does, are worth getting riled up about. "The humanities increasingly are treated as marginal to whatever the center is," said Trombley, 54, citing cuts in federal funding for...

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