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Salvatore Primeggia – Legend Recipient

Salvatore Primeggia, received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He presently holds the position of Professor of Sociology at Adelphi University, where he teaches courses including The Italian-American Experience and Media Images of Italian-Americans. Professor Primeggia has co-authored several articles of various themes, such as Italian-American comedy, Italian-American community and identity, and the significance of the festa for Italian-Americans— especially the Giglio Feast of Brooklyn, NY. Professor Primeggia was a contributor to, and participant in, the New Jersey Network film documentary, “La Festa.” Other projects of note include WLIW 21 Public Television’s widely acclaimed videos, “The Italian-Americans: Part 1,” and the nationally broadcast PBS network documentary “Heaven Touches Brooklyn in July.” In addition to writing scholarly articles on the Giglio Feast of Brooklyn, Professor Primeggia is an active participant in this annual event as a lifter (one of the men who carries the massive tower).  Along with the following nationally recognized scholars, Frank Cavaioli, Salvatore J. La Gumina, and Joseph A. Varacalli, Professor Primeggia edited the publication: The Italian-American Experience: An Encyclopedia; and along with D”Elia, La Gumina and Varacalli, he co-edited Saints in the Lives of Italian-Americans and Models and Images of Catholicism in Italian Americana: Academy and Society. These important books continue to instruct scholars and students about the rich history and diversity within the Italian-American community.  Professor Primeggia is a highly respected speaker on Italian-American topics and social themes.  He has been invited to be a keynote speaker and presenter at several hundred educational and cultural institutions, including universities, colleges, schools, libraries, museums, and cultural and community organizations. Professor Primeggia has been included in the prestigious New York Council for the Humanities Speakers’ Bureau from 1996 to 2012.