Helen Gahagan Douglas, former Broadway star and Democratic representative from California, will be the featured speaker of the Harvard Freedom Council's commemoration of the first anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, tonight at 8 o'clock in New Lecture Hall.
Mrs. Douglas is the third speaker who has been engaged by the Freedom Council. Christian A. Herter '15, U.S. Under Secretary of State, accepted the Council's invitation last week, but announced Monday that the Syrian crisis and the visit of Queen Elizabeth would prevent him from filling the engagement.
Ambassador Bruno Kreisky, head of the Austrian Delegation to the U.N., was obtained by the State Department through the U.S. Government Mission to the U.N. Dr. Kreisky accepted the invitation yesterday noon, but later in the afternoon said he would have to be in Washington today.
The State Department then obtained Miss Douglas, who is now a lecturer for the Foreign Policy Association. She was defeated in her race for the Senate in 1950 by Richard M. Nixon.
Samuel H. Beer, chairman of the Department of Government, will introduce Mrs. Douglas. A second speaker will be Frank Gardonyi, Secretary-General of the Association of Hungarian Students in the United States, who will present the Association's awards to those in the Boston area who have done most to aid Hungarian refugee students.