J. “Cal” Baldari

J. "Cal" BaldariProf. Cal Baldari is a retired U.S. Army Sapper and military instructor turned professor of philosophy with a focus in applied and normative ethics. His research credits include alternative military ethics, Aristotelian excellence, moral conflict in literature, implicit bias, modern heroics, RPG morality, and many others. He has published both academically and creatively, with author credits in short military science fiction and fantasy as well as his academic specialty. As an avid tabletop role-player and game designer, Cal has run games for over a dozen systems professionally. He specializes in the design of moral systems in role-playing and moral conflict in storylines, modules, and canonical backstory. He also provides expert services for authors, game designers, and comics writers; advising on ethics and continuity concerns. Finally, Cal is firmly entrenched in the battle to bring diversity and inclusivity to fandom. His work on implicit bias often references the broadening of “geek culture” and the awesome efforts many geeks have put forth to make this hobby one in which everyone, absolutely everyone, can enjoy it with impunity.

Cal regularly speaks at science fiction, fantasy, anime, comic, and similar conventions on his wide array of expertise. These can include subjects as diverse as “writing the best battle scenes” to “D&D alignments, are they all just Chaotic Stupid?” to “The strength of diversity in modern cinematic superhero culture.”