PLATO is a community of intellectually curious adults, typically 50 and over, which explores subjects of interest through member-led discussion groups, lectures, travel, and cultural activities.  

Please help keep PLATO going during the pandemic!  Donate to the operating fund.


Robie House Virtual Field Trip

In 2017 PLATO took a bus field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house in Hyde Park, Illinois.  View this masterpiece virtually.

Russian History: 

This past spring several coordinators switched from in-person to virtual class. Bruce Fischer's course was one of them.  Student Bev P  provides us her testimonial to this new approach.  Continued on Courses page.

Self-Guided Walks in Dane County

From Mayor Rhodes-Conway: " Getting outdoors is great for physical and mental health, but please be safe and follow public health orders." PLATO has provided  info on 5 areas for self-guided tours. More to come. 

Theater & Field Trips

Check out this week's feature from The Agora!

Lectures, Local Tours,
Social & General Events 

During the Coronavirus shutdown, PLATO staff are working offsite.  They have digital access to PLATO’s operational records and will continue to send out the Weekly Email Update.  In the meantime, members should not come into the office since no staff will be working there.  The most effective way to reach PLATO is by e-mail at or by phone at 608-262-5823.  If you wish to contact PLATO by phone, please leave a message at PLATO’s phone number, and staff will check the phone daily.  If at all possible, do not send communications via postal mail, since no one will be there to open it.

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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