Other PLATO Programs
In addition to study groups, PLATO members can choose to participate in a number of extracurricular activities.
Once a month PLATO members visit places of local interest. Recent trips have included visits to the Wende Museum of the Cold War, the California Space Shuttle in Exposition Park, Homeboy Industries, St. Sophia Cathedral, the Mormon Genealogy Center and the home of renowned woodworker, Sam Maloff.
Brown Bag Lunches
Members speak on subjects of interest at noontime gatherings several times a month. Topics are as broad as the imagination of the members. Recent topics include the “Best of Hubble,” traveling in Iran, clerking in the Supreme Court, the birds of Cuba, and life in the Peace Corps.
TGIFridays (Friday Special Events)
Fridays at PLATO are a time when members can share additional interests. Friday events include current events discussions, a documentary film series, play reading, mindfulness meditation, bridge, and “special topics” ranging from debates on medical ethics to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
Annually, PLATO members travel with an educational guide for two to three weeks. Members travel together after participating in a study group on the country or area they plan to visit. Recent trips include Ireland, Turkey, Sicily, Cuba, and China.
The Milhaupt Seminar
Once a year, PLATO provides a daylong program focused on a vital contemporary issue. This is an opportunity to hear and interact with distinguished outside speakers. Previous topics have included The Future of Petroleum, The Divided Electorate, the State of California, the Arab Spring, The Health Care Crises, and China-US relations.
The PLATO Retreat
PLATO members can enjoy 3 days of discussions on various topics, hiking, swimming, tennis, field trips, games, great meals, late night chocolate dipping, and other activities. The retreat is generally held at an outdoor retreat location within an hour’s drive of PLATO.
Ad Hoc Groups
Members form groups around shared interests. These groups include hiking, ethnic dining, movies, astronomy, technology, books, play reading, bridge, tennis, and arts. Any member can create a group so the number of groups continues to grow.
Social events are an important element to the PLATO community. These events include an annual holiday luncheon in the winter, an annual luncheon/business meeting in the summer, new-member brunches, trips to plays or places of interest, and other social events.
Our location in Westwood Village is accessible by public transportation. PLATO is within walking distance of the Geffen Playhouse and Hammer Museum, as well as, numerous restaurants and movie theaters. From PLATO, it’s easy to hop on UCLA’s BRUIN BUS, which provides free transportation to many public lectures on the UCLA campus nearby .