First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fairfield University's president will speak at a breakfast forum on town-gown relations on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the university's new downtown bookstore.

Tetreau and the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx will headline the program "Town and Gown: Mutual Opportunities and Responsibilities."

The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Fairfield Rotary Club and the university's Program in Applied Ethics, the university said in a news release.

The university won praise from public and business leaders last year when it announced it would relocate its bookstore to the 1499 Post Road site vacated by Borders Books & Music and bring cultural and academic programs downtown.

Yet town-gown relations periodically are strained, most often by complaints in the beach area about loud parties and other behavior of students who live there during the academic year.

Doors will open for coffee and light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The discussion is planned from 7:45 to 8:45.

Seating is limited, and the university requested that people planning to attend make reservations.

The program is the first in what the university said would be a series of breakfast discussions organized by the ethics program, which is in the university's Dolan School of Business. Each discussion will bring together leaders from the community and the university, according to the news release.

The university is a Jesuit institution with a total of about 5,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing-studies students.

For reservations, contact David P. Schmidt by phone at 203-254-4000, Ext. 2837, or email him at: