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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September 28 (Thurs): Colloquium at Skirball -UCLA Professor Richard Anderson - Cause for Concern: Trump Putin and Democracy


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Today's Courses

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century (14 weeks) Ready for Teddy: The Indomitable Theodore Roosevelt (TR) Death Social Class in America: The Mythology and the History and What it Means for America's Future Politics COURTROOM DRAMA IN THE MOVIES The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi 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