PLATO: Curious minds learning from each other.

PLATO is a community with more than 400 members who meet to discover and share knowledge on an unlimited range of topics. Quantum physics to European history; modern poetry to Hollywood entertainment; all are on our menu. Subjects, old or new, are objects of our exploration. We study, explain and appreciate the world of knowledge - together.

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Upcoming Events

July 14, 2015:  Begin enrolling for fall term

July 16, 2015:  Two-minute pitches at the Skirball Center (Refreshments at 12:30; pitches at 1:30)

July 30, 2015:  Last day to enroll for fall term

Aug. 10 - 14, 2015:  Pre-Meetings for fall term

Aug. 17 - 19, 2015:  PLATO retreat

Aug. 31, 2015:  First day of fall term 

Sept. 17, 2015:  Colloquium:  Randy Schoenberg, Attorney for Maria Altmann, speaking on recovering Nazi-looted art

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Today's Courses

American Art: A Cultural History Holocaust Literature Beyond Anne Frank Journey of the Eastern European Jews to America Technology Drives Economics: Good News and Bad News The National Book Award Joyce's Ulysses and Homer's Odyssey View All Study Discussion Groups

What We Study

More than 20 topics are offered each term covering a broad spectrum of knowledge, literature, history, philosophy, science, sociology, economics, art and more. Our subjects are all suggested and led by our members.

George Bernard Shaw

Ancient Egypt

History of Psychoanalysis

Climate Change