Described as “irreverent” and “pushing nonviolent protest to the limit,” the Guerilla Girls will appear 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Bryan Hall Theater as part of the Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Visiting Lecturer series.

This group of female activists wears gorilla masks to disguise its members’ identities. Their cause is to raise consciousness regarding discrimination, particularly in the worlds of art and film. “They use startling images to make the point that women, and people of color, are often barred from the most rewarding careers in art and film,” says professor Noël Sturgeon, chair of the Department of Women’s Studies.

The series was launched in 1996 by the Women’s Studies Department to honor Jo Hockenhull, a WSU professor emeritus of Fine Arts who was director of Women’s Studies for over 10 years and associate dean of WSU Vancouver.