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Dallas’ Brinker International Forum to host Rice, Swank

The Brinker International Forum will celebrate its second year by moving into its new home in the Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open in October. The lineup for the 2009-10 Brinker Forum is diverse, featuring speakers such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, actress Hilary Swank, journalist David Frost and actor Frank Langella.

There will also be a panel discussion of the creative process with Bob Balaban, Peter Guber and Brett Ratner moderated by CNN’s Campbell Brown.

The forum was established to explore the impact of arts and culture on contemporary society. In its partnership with National Geographic Live!, the forum will also present Lisa Ling and nature photographer Paul Nicklen.

“The second season of the Brinker International Forum moves further into examining the role of the arts in our world, and the connection between arts and science,” Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of the Dallas Center, said in a news release.

The new center for performing arts will be home to programming ranging from opera to theater, concerts, lectures and family events.

According to the schedule released by the center, Rice will appear Oct. 22. She is a classically trained pianist and has performed for Queen Elizabeth II.

Swank, who plays Amelia Earhart in the upcoming film Amelia, is scheduled for Nov. 9. A highly anticipated program is set for March 16, when Frost, the legendary British interviewer, has a conversation with Langella, who played President Richard Nixon in the Broadway production and the film version of Frost/Nixon.