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

November 10: Enrollment period for winter 2016 begins; runs until Nov. 27

November 12 (Thu), 2015:  Two-minute pitches at the Skirball Center 12:45 pm - coffee & cookies, 1:30 pm program

November 19 (Thu), 2015:  Colloquium
12:45 pm - coffee & cookies, 1:30 pm program

        Barbara Coombs Lee, President of Compassion and Choices, "California Legislation on the Right to Die" 

November 26-27 (Thu and Fri), 2015: PLATO closed for Thanksgiving  

November 27 (Mon), 2015:  Last day to enroll in winter term

December 4 (Fri) , 2015: Last day of fall term 

December 12 (Sat), 2015: Holiday Party

December 7 - 11, 2015:  Pre-meetings for winter term

January 4 (Mon), 2016: First day of winter term

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Monday'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) Morocco Trip 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