AOTON is directed by Brian Carr, a classical scholar who has lived in Jackson since May 2008. For a decade prior to his move to Jackson, Brian lived in New York City where he undertook extensive doctoral work in Classical Philology, History, and Renaissance Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
There he had opportunity to study with many talented professors and to learn alongside other scholars like himself in a dynamic urban setting a stone's throw away from the research collection of the New York Public Library's main branch and the incomparable Reading Room of the Pierpont Morgan Library. These places, along with Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of ancient sculpture, provided an excellent atmosphere for Brian to nurture his passion for classical antiquity, the classical tradition, and studies in the humanities.
Brian grew up in Tennessee and earned his Bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Tennessee. Every professor there left his mark on him and laid the groundwork for the direction Brian would take in his later studies. Studies in ancient rhetoric, Roman Law, History, and Latin poetry combined with readings in the history of the English Language, Renaissance Drama, and English poetry to fashion a suitable scholarly frame Brian continues to enrich with complementary disciplines.
Brian took his Master's degree in Latin Language and Literature from the University of Georgia. It was at the University of Georgia where he first began teaching Latin to undergraduates under the tutelage of Professor R. LaFleur; later he expanded his repertoire to include classical literature in translation, a history of the English Language, Homer's Iliad, English Grammar, and more. It was also at UGA where Brian had the fortune of earning a scholarship to attend Oxford University.
While living in "The City of Dreaming Spires" he continued his advanced work in Classical and Renaissance literature in private tutorials with Oxford dons from Worcester College (studying Herodotus and Historiography) and from Jesus College (studying Renaissance Latin Poetry). Returning from England, Brian finished his Master's thesis on Tacitus' use of verb tenses and aspect under the supreme guidance of professor Anderson (whose hand both allowed Brian an ambitious scholarly ambit and wisely restrained it when necessary). Titled Immanent and Transcendent Time in Tacitus, it was much less exciting than it sounds, but the intense study gave Brian even greater experience with Latin and Greek.
After this it was off to New York City. Brian's scholarly interests and competencies (apart from Greek and Latin philology) include the history of poetry and philosophy, metrics, English language rhetoric and stylistics, the Classical Tradition and that old dinosaur of the scholarly world, textual criticism. These have proven themselves a potent concoction for personal development and for driving his studies beyond the usual confines of academic competency.
But he's not all books and pens. His education has always led Brian to investigate connections between systems of thought and ways of being. This translates into his always finding creative ways to motivate the history and power of literature beyond traditional academic settings. Poetry, essays, drama, and a tireless exploration of life's physical side play important parts in this process.
To this end, Brian has earned certification and maintains training as a firefighter, paramedic, and hazardous materials technician. He is a career Captain at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, as well as a founding member of Wyoming Regional Emergency Response Team #8. He also pursues study in emergency management theory and homeland security issues.
AOTON is a focal point for instruction in Latin and Greek, for scholarship, and--perhaps most importantly--for continuing the tradition of Greek and Latin literature to enrich the mind and give fresh impetus to all endeavors.