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

Jan 13 (Fri) - Day Trip to  LA Museum of the Holocaust

Jan 19 - (Thur) - Colloquium - "Driverless Cars" - John Villasenor

Feb 16 - (Thur - Colloquium - Kenneth Turan Film Critic of The Los Angeles Times and NPR


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Today's Courses

The History, Politics and Science of Water Novels of Character Formation, Novels of Coming of Age No god but God, The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (12 weeks) The Inside Story of the U.S./Israel Relationship - Truman to Obama THE POWER OF THE PRESS IN THE 20TH CENTURY:The Media Giants Who Shaped American Politics and Culture Injustices: Historic Supreme Court Decisions Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted 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