Learning for a Lifetime

Founded in 1980, the PLATO Society of Los Angeles is a dynamic community of more than 400 adults from diverse academic, professional and business backgrounds, participating in 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 in which to explore subjects of interest. Members themselves plan and participate in around 75 member-led discussion groups each year.  Like our namesake, we learn and teach through interactive dialogue, providing an educational opportunity like no other.


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


For more information on our current Study Discussion Groups, click here.

For more information about other PLATO programs  click here.