Each academic year, Dakota College at Bottineau chooses a book for its campus read program. The book chosen is required reading for students in certain of the college's arts and humanities classes. However, all students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to read the book and participate in a series of six to seven "brown bag" discussions covering topics from the book. Literature chosen for the campus read program is to reflect DCB's Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus and the books used over the years are as follows: Refuge, Into the Wilderness, Sweet land, Walden, The Bones of Plenty, and The Horizontal World.
The book selection for 2013-2014 is Haymakers by Dr. Steven Hoffbeck. Dr. Hoffbeck is a history professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Haymakers is a history of how family farmers struggle with nature and with their obligations to the land they tend - a story of survival and perseverance.
Dr. Hoffbeck's presentations will be held at noon and at 7:00 P.M. in the Centennial Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall. They are repeat sessions with the evening session featuring a "Conversation with the Author" after the Haymakers discussion. There is no admission fee; the public is welcome.