Accusers and defenders of Dirk Struik will speak in a panel discussion sponsored by the Liberal Union at 8 p.m. in Emerson D.
State Representative Edmond G. Donlan will take a stand against the M.I.T. ex-professor. Donlan is a member of the Legislature's Committee to Curb Communism, and was one of the principal supporters of the 1951 Anti-Subversives bill. This bill made it illegal to belong to an organization held to be subversive.
Defending Struik will be Kirtley F. Mather, professor of Geology. Mather, who has been one of Struik's most vigorous backers, recently sent letters to Massachusetts churchmen urging that they support Struik and the institution of academic freedom that he considered endangered by the attacks upon Struik.
A. Sprague Coolidge, lecturer in Chemistry, will take a "middle road" position in tonight's discussion. Coolidge, Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, will speak mainly on the individual rights involved, and not take a definite position on Struik's guilt.