ASU premieres summer concert series with Jason Derulo

Free live event for the ASU community on June 4

May 29, 2020

Arizona State University is kicking off its summer featuring a free concert with multiplatinum singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo, live at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

Live from his studio, Derulo will perform for thousands of members of the ASU community including students, faculty, alumni and staff. Jason Derulo is a multiplatinum powerhouse singer, songwriter and entertainer. His debut single “Whatcha Say” has earned five-time platinum status.

The ASU summer concert series "Live from ASU" was conceived by ASU President Michael Crow as a way to engage with students and the ASU community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each concert will be an opportunity to reinforce ASU’s commitment to students, culture of innovation, as well as provide an interactive shared experience with artists.

The concerts will be produced and livestreamed exclusively to the ASU community at (ASURITE login required) and will include a Q&A session following the performance. Members of the ASU community can begin submitting questions now using the hashtag #ASULiveJason for an opportunity to ask Derulo a question during the Q&A.

“The live concert experience is part of being together — and now we will be together in new ways with technology and innovation,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “We want to bring memorable experiences with lots of energy and fun and a great way to welcome new students, along with the record-breaking enrollment of 57,000-plus ASU students for the summer session."

“ASU is focused on innovative experiences and we want to create opportunities for people to connect during this time,” said Cassandra Aska, deputy vice president and dean of students for the Tempe campus. “We’re thrilled to generate this type of excitement to the ASU community and bring entertainment to the virtual live stage.”

With more than 190 million records sold worldwide, Derulo is a multiplatinum powerhouse singer, songwriter and entertainer. His debut single “Whatcha Say” has now earned five-time platinum status while “Talk Dirty,” “Want To Want Me,” “In My Head” and “Ridin’ Solo” (featuring 2 Chainz) have reached quadruple-platinum status. “Wiggle” (feat. Snoop Dogg) went triple-platinum and “Trumpets” earned a double-platinum certification. Platinum singles include “Marry Me,” “The Other Side,” “It Girl” and “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.”

performer on stage

Courtesy Jason Derulo

The TikTok star’s cumulative streams continue to soar, exceeding 18 billion overall and over 6 billion YouTube views. Derulo's single “Colors” served as the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reaching over 274 million streams across all platforms. On the radio, his music has impacted a total audience of 22 billion-plus listeners with a staggering 4.4 billion spins. Derulo was a featured performer for the Monday Night Football theme, is an investor in many enterprises, including Catch L.A. and Rumble Boxing with Sylvester Stallone and Ashton Kutcher, and he has a partnership with Warner Chappell Music through his publishing company, Future History. His most recent project is "2Sides (Side 1)," a prequel release with six all-new songs, which sets the table for the full length project "2Sides" coming in 2020.

"Live from ASU" will be announcing other artists for upcoming concerts in June.

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ASU history professor wins Fulbright for research in racial wealth gap

May 29, 2020

Arizona State University history Professor Calvin J. Schermerhorn is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. He will be teaching and conducting research at the University of Nottingham history department in Nottingham, England, in 2021.

His research will focus on the racial wealth gap, a term coined by sociologists to indicate disparities in income and wealth. He is calling the project, “The Plunder of Black America: How the Racial Wealth Gap was Made and Why It’s Growing.” Wage gap Image courtesy of Download Full Image

“By recent measures, the typical black American family has one-thirteenth the wealth of the median white family, but instead of narrowing, the racial wealth gap has grown since the 1980s and is now a yawning chasm,” Schermerhorn said. 

Schermerhorn is researching policies of the last 40 years in predatory lending, deunionization, the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and the processes over the last 400 years of African American history. He hopes the Fulbright will allow him to research the United Kingdom's racial wealth inequality and compare it to U.S. history.

“Going back and forward in time, there seemed to be a striking pattern that has not been fully explored — economic white supremacy seems to be built into the economic structures of America since the colonial era, and each time those structures have changed, the mechanisms stripping black wealth and stealing black incomes have changed to adapt to the new economy,” said Schermerhorn.

The topic of the racial wealth gap has interested Schermerhorn for a long time. Growing up in southern Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, he realized many Marylanders see their state as “a cradle of religious toleration in America” but forget it was also “a cradle of racial slavery.” 

“Much of my research into American slavery was inspired by a need to peer through the fog of historical amnesia to view the processes connecting the present to the past,” Schermerhorn said.

His first book, “Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South,” explored the economic opportunities emancipation brought for former slaves and, more importantly, what economic opportunities they were left out of.

Calvin Schermerhorn

Professor of history Calvin Schermerhorn

His research found racial wealth inequality has grown since civil rights ended legal discrimination and has continued to grow through periods of Democratic and Republican majorities. 

“Inequality is among the most pressing issues of our age,” Schermerhorn said. “Some inequality is inevitable and even beneficial, but extreme wealth and income inequality effectively denies the pursuits of happiness to large proportions of the population.

“A half century after civil rights, wealth in America is overwhelmingly white — an America that supposedly stands for the pursuit of happiness for all yet in each generation reproduces policies and mechanisms to disadvantage nonwhites.”

Richard Amesbury, professor of religious studies and director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, recognizes the importance of Schermerhorn's work and the impact it has on present-day affairs.

“Professor Schermerhorn’s Fulbright research seeks to better understand the historical trajectory by which the racial wealth gap in the U.S. has grown over the past 40 years into a gaping sinkhole,” Amesbury said. “As Schermerhorn demonstrates, these changes did not simply occur; they were made. Tracing these developments to a series of political and economic decisions that shifted the balance of power decisively in favor of white Americans, Schermerhorn’s project shows how the expropriation of African American wealth has systematically hollowed out the promise of civil rights.”

The Fulbright award will allow Schermerhorn to participate within an institution and community of scholars, along with organizations in Britain dedicated to studying and countering racial wealth and income inequalities.

“Much of the story of colonial wealth inequalities begins with what assets 17th-century arrivals brought to Virginia and other colonies as startup funds,” Schermerhorn said. “I hope to uncover some of that story in British archives. More broadly, this is a brilliant chance to talk with U.K. scholars of slavery, its legacies, and inequalities today about approaches.”

The project is focused on his book-in-progress, but he plans to bring his insight and findings to public audiences through essays and other formats.

Rachel Bunning

Communications program coordinator, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies