Richard Cohen, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver this year's Benjamin Bradlee Lecture in Journalism at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

In his talk, scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall, Cohen will touch on current events, including the war in Iraq and the battle over the next Supreme Court pick, the college announced. The annual lecture is presented by the college's Center for the Study of Democracy and is free and open to the public.

Cohen's column appears twice a week in The Post and is distributed nationally by the Washington Post Writers Group.

"I see myself as the reader's proxy, lucky enough by virtue of occupation to go where they cannot go," he said in the statement released by the college. "I can visit places they're not likely to go and under conditions they would probably avoid."

Cohen joined The Post in 1968 as a reporter. As the paper's chief Maryland correspondent, he was one of two reporters who broke the story of the investigation of then-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. In 1976, he began writing a column that ran on the front of the Metro section. His columns have appeared on the op-ed page of The Post since 1984.

Cohen has received the Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for his investigative reporting. In 1974, he and Jules Witcover wrote "A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation and Resignation of Spiro T. Agnew."

The Bradlee Lecture Series was created to honor the journalistic legacy of Benjamin C. Bradlee, former executive editor of the newspaper and now vice president at large of The Washington Post Co. Bradlee is also a trustee of St. Mary's College and chairman emeritus of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission. His lecture series each year showcases an outstanding individual in journalism.