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

The date for applying for spring/summer has passed.  The deadline for applying for the fall term is July 21st.

July 22 (Fri) Two Minute Pitches at Skirball

July 28 (Thu) Coordinator's Workshop (Everyone Welcome) 11:30AM in the Lounge

August 15-17 PLATO Retreat - A SUMMER GETAWAY - Signup starting June 1st

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Today's Courses

The Iliad: Sex, Greed and Violence History of Technology as Human Ingenuity The Olympic Games: Past, Present and Future A Fresh Look at Ancient Rome Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth - Three American Literary Giants (10 weeks) ELECTION OF 2016 Part II 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