Bio: Evan Banks was introduced to the ideas of liberty thanks to a few cantankerous professors and college friends and a voracious appetite for reading, critical thinking, questioning authority, and general ruckus-raising. After graduating from Geneva College with a degree in English Literature and Computer Science in 2009, Evan moved to Washington, D.C. where he interned for a year at the Competitive Enterprise Institute while earning his Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University. He spent the summer of 2010 working in the New Media department at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University as a Koch Summer Fellow, and is now a Multimedia Editor and Videographer at the Cato Institute.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Alexis de Toqueville, H.L. Mencken, Penn Jillette, John Stossel
On Alumni For Liberty: “When I started grad school, I felt like I was a bit out of the loop when it came to on-campus activism and supporting libertarian student groups — but I didn’t give up on defending the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual freedom when I received my undergraduate diploma, and that’s the basic premise of Alumni For Liberty. We’re trying to minimize that out-of-the-loop feeling for both recent and not-so-recent alumni by keeping them connected in a bunch of different ways to the groups they loved being a part of while they were in school. After all, being a libertarian thinker or activist doesn’t have to be only ‘something I did for four years while I was in college,’ it’s a lasting way of seeing the world and for many, it’s a lifetime of defending human progress and dignity in everyday situations. We’re here to help alumni do that.”