What is the PLATO Society?
How long has The PLATO Society been around?
What will I get out of the PLATO Society?
- You will have the opportunity to study subjects about which you are curious but have never studied, or you can delve deeply into subjects about which you already have some knowledge.
- You will be intellectually stimulated by learning from a wide range of viewpoints in a collegial friendly environment.
- You will make new friends at PLATO; as one member commented “we come for the courses and stay for the friends.”
- You will have the opportunity to hear speakers at our Colloquia, ranging from university professors to movie producers.
- You will be able to participate in a wide variety of PLATO activities.
- You will have fun.
What kind of discussion groups are there?
Each discussion group has a coordinator and co-coordinator who are responsible for creating a course syllabus and bibliography and overall management of the discussion group. They, however, are not lecturers. In fact, our discussion groups have no lectures; we learn from discussion and we take turns leading the weekly discussions.
How long are the discussion groups? How often do they meet?
What does it cost?
What is the application process?
If I travel frequently, can I still take a "class"?
What time commitment does membership entail?
When you are not the discussion leader, you will probably spend 2 to 4 hours each week preparing for the discussion.
To prepare to be the discussion leader one week requires additional time from you. Two weeks prior to your discussion, you will provide the members of the group a list of topics you will cover and a set of thought-provoking questions that will guide and facilitate the discussion.
Do you have to be retired or have a college degree to become a member of PLATO?
- Share a passion for learning
- Are motivated by curiosity and an intense interest in the world of ideas
- Enjoy participating in active, informed, collegial discussions
- Share their talents, skills and expertise to keep our organization strong
Other than the discussion groups, what other types of activities does PLATO offer?
- Day Trips
- Study Group Trips Abroad
- Annual Retreat
- Brown Bag Lunches
- TGIF (Friday groups: Current Events, Bridge, Films, and Topics of Interest)
PLATO gives me the opportunities to exchange ideas with a variety of interesting people from all walks of life. We are brought together by a shared commitment to active learning, and that is critical for me – being able to participate and discuss a topic from multiple sides. I never leave a discussion session without gaining new insights from fellow members. . It is an amazing organization, completely run by the members, and uniquely different from any other learning opportunity.
If you have any interest in learning more, fill out an application to get the process started.