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

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

October 15 (Thu), 2015: Colloquium: Janice Tanaka, Producer of documentary film "Right of Passage
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        Join us for the premiere of the new documentary on the successful campaign for wartime reparations for Japanese American citizens followed by a Q&A session with the film’s producer

November 10: Enrollment period begins; runs until Nov. 30

November 12 (Thu), 2015:  Two-minute pitches at the Skirball Center


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Today's Courses

Great Depression vs. Great Recession: Missed Chances and Misread History Commodities that Changed the History of the World (second 7 weeks) Narrative History of the United States 1932-1950 The Korean Peninsula - The Never-ending Conflict The Plays of Tom Stoppard Why are There so Few of Us? (10 weeks) 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