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Henry Steele Commager, professor of History at Columbia University, will speak on Friday at the annual dinner of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy Street.

Albert Sprague Coolidge '15, lecturer on Chemistry and president of the Civil Liberties Union, will introduce Commager after a brief report on the work of the organization over the past year.

A noted historian, Commager has taught in the past at New York University and at Cambridge University in England, where he was Pitt Professor of American History. His speech Friday on "The Pragmatic Necessity for Freedom" will reflect the views expressed in his latest book. "The American Mind," a study of the dominance of pragmatic thinking in modern American Culture.

Commager is author of a number of books and a contributor to Atlantic, Harper's and the Nation.

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