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Harvard honours a famous grad - JFK - with special symposium

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1962, file photo, President John F. Kennedy makes a national television speech from Washington. Harvard University is honoring one of its most famous graduates, John F. Kennedy, with a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the slain president’s birth. Harvard hosts the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1962, file photo, President John F. Kennedy makes a national television speech from Washington. Harvard University is honoring one of its most famous graduates, John F. Kennedy, with a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the slain president’s birth. Harvard hosts the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/File)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University has honoured one of its most famous graduates — John F. Kennedy — with a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the slain president's birth.

Harvard hosted the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium on Thursday. Former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, who is Kennedy's only surviving child, was among the featured speakers.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts, the grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, also was among the speakers. So was Maria Shriver, a journalist and daughter of the former president's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

The daylong series focused on the late president's priorities and how they remain relevant today. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963.

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