Translation Prompts Scholarship
Joe Capra, brother of
famed movie director Frank Capra, was an author and scholar in
early 20th century Italy. During World War I, apparently for
political reasons, he buried some of his works in a neighbor's
Capra's family recently recovered one such work, a book of poetry.
And its translation by Dr. Francesco Iannuzzi, a tutor of Italian
in Samford's Critical Languages Program, has led to the establishment
of a language scholarship fund.
Capra's great grandson, Ross Leo of Birmingham, came into possession
of the book but discovered it was written in an "almost
forgotten Sicilian dialect," said Dr. Iannuzzi. But the
tutor, who speaks Calabrese and understands other Italian dialects,
translated the book.
Iannuzzi, a senior engineer at Southern Research Institute, refused
to accept payment for the translation. Instead, he suggested
contributions to a scholarship for the study of Italian. The
Leos started the fund with family contributions.
Anyone wishing to add to the fund may send gifts to the Critical
Languages Program, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 35229.