PLATO offers about 70 member-created and member-led SDGs each year, divided into three 14-week terms. Topics include subjects from art, literature, science, history, political science, music, psychology, architecture, current affairs, and many other fields. Some members select SDGs on topics they have never studied, while others choose SDGs to deepen their knowledge of familiar subjects.

SDG sessions are 14, 10 or 7-weeks in length, with each weekly session lasting two hours. SDGs are scheduled Monday through Friday either at 10 AM – noon, or 1 PM – 3 PM, at our facility in Westwood Village.

Each week, one SDG member takes responsibility for leading the discussion. SDG participants read and research each week prior to the discussion session and then share their knowledge in lively discussions. There are no exams or papers to be written. We study and discuss in a way similar to graduate seminars. Our discussions are lively and, most of all, fun. Our meeting rooms are wired to provide hearing assistance so that all members can fully participate in our SDGs.


  • Winter: January - April

  • Spring/Summer: May - August

  • Fall: September - December



But for the intellectually challenging environment and congenial friends I have found at PLATO, my precious retirement years would be sadly incomplete.

Fall 2019 Study Discussion Groups