Andy Pollak has left his job at the Cross-Border Thing That Does Stuff (C-BTTDS) a leading letsgetalongerist thing, much loved on Slugger O’Toole.
In his farewell address to the nation(s) published on Slugger, he expresss the view that he and his colleagues are “prophets without honour” in their own land.
That seems a bit over the top.
True…the enduring legacy of C-BTTDS will be that nobody actually gives a tinkers curse about the work that they apparently do.
But singling out Academics seems a bit harsh.
Mr Pollak seems surprised that conflict resolutionists from around the world are more interested in the work of the C-BTTDS than local conflict resolutionists.
As Irelands leading Conflict Resolutionist…I FitzjamesHorse …can express some understanding if not exactly sympathy.
A few months ago, I travelled to Texas to talk about Conflict Resolution to post-grad students.
I did not mind at all. In fact I loved it. I will be back in 2015.
As it happens I was in Armagh today..albeit only the bus station en route home from Newry but if Andy Pollak had asked me to call in to Abbey Street and give him the ninety minute long version of the Texas lecture….I wouldnt have been arsed.
Thats the way of things.
To me…a leading Conflict Resolutionist…Texas is more exotic than Armagh.
To a Texan, Armagh might be more exotic.
Anyway…I will miss Andy Pollak on Slugger O’Toole.
His newsletter was a monthly reminder of how little I have done for Peace & Reconciliation.