You must be a PLATO member to enroll in our peer-led seminars. The annual membership fee is $530. Members may enroll in an unlimited number of peer-led seminars each year.

PLATO welcomes applications from potential members of all ages who are committed to active participation in lively group discussions informed by prior preparation. PLATO members are expected take their turn leading a session of the seminars in which they enroll.

PLATO encourages new members of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, political philosophy, national origin, disability, or educational history.

If you…

  • Are intellectually curious

  • Are willing to give serious consideration to others’ points of view

  • Enjoy learning new ideas

  • Want to explore new ways of viewing old ideas

  • Are committed to active participation and informed, collegial discussion

  • Are open to respectful engagement with the ideas of others…

Apply for membership by clicking the button at the bottom of this page or go to the CONTACT US page to arrange a visit to a peer-led seminar.


Your PLATO membership confers many benefits:

  • Enrollment in as many peer-led seminars as you wish each trimester

  • No additional per-class fee

  • Opportunities to design and coordinate new seminars

  • Participation in on-going informal weekly discussions of current events, films and other activities

  • Attendance at all PLATO colloquia and other extra-curricular events

  • Serving on a committee or as an officer

  • Access to the PLATO common room, the library, and to PLATO computers during office hours Monday through Friday