Founded in 1980, the PLATO Society of Los Angeles is a dynamic lifelong learning community distinguished by its small peer-led discussion groups. Approximately 400 adults from diverse academic, professional and business backgrounds, participate in our classes and activities in Westwood Village, on the west-side of Los Angeles, CA.

Our Members

  • 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

Peer Learning

PLATO offers a collaborative environment where members explore subjects of interest, planning and participating in about 70 member-led discussion groups each year. We learn and teach through interactive dialogue, providing a unique educational opportunity.


Our mission is to provide a diverse population of active, intellectually curious adults from various career paths with opportunities to learn in SDGs, colloquia, lectures, travel, cultural events and social activities.

Tax Exempt Organization

The PLATO Society of Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization recognized as having Section 501(c)(3) status. Accordingly, deductions to PLATO are tax deductible for those who itemize deductions.


PLATO Society sessions are often the highlight of my week, providing stimulating and thought provoking discussions about subjects that, by definition, are of interest to me. History, literature and science are usually my topics of choice, and whether discussing Victorian era short stories, or neuroscience and physics, the regular exposure to a bright and diverse peer group is a great way to stay sharp and focused.